The European Migration Network was legally established in 2008 (Council Decision 2008/381/EC) and amended by Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council in April 2014.

The role of the European Migration Network is to:

  • collect and exchange up-to-date and reliable data and information
  • analyse and provide data and information in an accessible format
  • contribute to the development of indicators and criteria to improve the consistency of information and development of activities related to migratory statistics
  • produce and publish periodic reports on migration and asylum at National and European level
  • create and maintain an online information exchange system which provides access to documents and publications on migration and asylum
  • raise awareness by providing access to information gathered and dissemination of EMN publications and outputs
  • coordinate information and cooperate with other European and International bodies.


The European Commission (Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs) coordinates the European Migration Network in cooperation with National Contact Points (EMN NCPs) established in each Member State (except Denmark) plus Norway. EMN NCPs meet at least six times a year to discuss their work and exchange information about ongoing and future activities.

A Steering Board, chaired by the European Commission and consisting of a representative from each Member State Government and an observer from the European Parliament, provides political guidance on the activities of the EMN.

The European Commission is assisted in its coordination role by service providers.


EMN Ireland is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and co-funded by the Department of Justice.

More information

Download the EMN Information leaflet.

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