Research and collaboration

Transformative characteristics and development impacts of temporary migration will be studied in highly industrialised societies, transformation countries and developing countries, representing regions sending and receiving migrants, as well as countries of transit.

Theoretical and empirical studies will be accomplished to attain an understanding of the current characteristics and related policy impact of temporary transnational migration and mobility.

Evidence-based information will be gathered through a review of policies and data on temporary migration, with a focus on the bi-directional flows of people between Europe and Asia.

EURA-NET addresses three basic research questions:

  • What are the transformative characteristics and development impacts of the temporary transnational migration of people?
  • What are the policy implications of people’s temporary migrations at national, regional (European and Asian) and international levels?
  • What can we learn from temporary migrations in the Euro-Asian transnational space to better understand other regions?

Interviews will be conducted with individual migrants (and non-migrants) and national policy-makers in China, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.

The same approach will be applied to reviewing policies and data on temporary migration in the wider European and international contexts.

Findings from the EURA-NET project will be disseminated through scientific papers, policy briefs, policy reports and the project website to foster exchange and discussions with academics and researchers, policy-makers, employers and workers’ organizations, civil society organizations, migrant communities and the general public.

Projects collaborating with EURA-NET

ÉMIGRÉ – European emigration governance – emigration and diaspora policies and discourses in the post-crisis era

Project funded by the FP-7 Programme of the European Union, Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Grant Agreement no. 624433

The purpose of the project is to analyse the impact of emigration and diaspora policies implemented on national and EU-level on migration strategies of EU nationals. The project looks at the EU member states from the perspective of emigration governance. The main underlying theme of this research is that emigration and immigration are two sides of the same coin and thus European migration governance should be approached from two angles to understand its full dimension. The European Union is in fact still a region of emigration, with a majority of migrants staying within its boundaries, however important numbers leaving EU every year, be it as emigrants or just mobile workers. Based on current global trends emigrants should be perceived as a potential asset. ÉMIGRÉ analyses emigration and diaspora policies of four EU Member as well as EU-level responses to emigration. I would like to know whether policies and actions of the EU countries support EU nationals in their migration or mobility project.

The key objectives are:

  1. To close the knowledge gap on migration from the EU.
  2. To enrich international migration governance studies by providing comparative analysis of actions of EU Member States in regards to emigration management.
  3. To determine the relation between State identity formation/shifts and success of policy learning/policy transfer processes between levels of governance.
  4. To contribute to evidence-based policy making at the EU level

Person in charge: Dr. Agnieszka Weinar

TEMPER – Temporary versus Permanent Migration

Project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613468

The overall objective of the TEMPER project consists in providing a comprehensive assessment of the pros and cons of recent initiatives to promote circular migration, as an alternative to more traditional forms of temporary and permanent migration. These initiatives often rely on a poor understanding of the reasons why some migrants spontaneously return an circulate, and others do not. To overcome this lack of understanding, the TEMPER project will pursue three main objectives:

  1. it will identify the main drivers of return and circulation decisions of migrants recently involved in temporary and permanent migration,
  2. it will measure and explain the role that different programs, and immigration policies at large, have played in shaping those individual decisions and,
  3. it will assess the impact that different types of temporary, permanent and circular mobility have for migrant and non-migrant workers, their families and their employers.

The work in TEMPER is focused on a number of countries from four major geographic sending areas, namely: Eastern Europe (Romania, Ukraine), Latin America (Colombia, Argentina), Sub-Saharan Africa (DRC, Ghana, Senegal), North Africa (Morocco). The destination countries under analysis are: France, Italy, Spain and UK.

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Policy seminars and workshops will be organized at national and European levels.