EUROPEAN MIGRATION NETWORK – NATIONAL CONTACT POINTS

AUSTRIA
In 2003, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Country Office in Vienna was designated by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior (FMI) as the National Contact Point Austria in the European Migration Network (AT EMN NCP). Since then, the Research and Migration Law Department of the IOM Country Office Vienna ensures the implementation of activities in Austria in accordance with the Annual Work Programme of the EMN. IOM fulfils its tasks as the AT EMN NCP in cooperation with the EMN Steering Board Member of the FMI. It aims at assisting Austrian policy makers in meeting the challenges of migration management, and its goal is to provide an advanced understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants. For more please see www.emn.at

BELGIUM
The Belgian National Contact Point of the EMN (BE EMN NCP) is multi-institutional and includes staff members from the Federal Public Service Home Affairs, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons, the Federal Migration Centre Myria and the Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers. The FPS Home Affairs acts as the national co-ordinator. More information on the staff members of the BE EMN NCP please see www.emnbelgium.be

BULGARIA
The BG EMN NCP comprises four members – two representatives from the Migration Directorate within the Ministry of Interior (MoI), one representative of the State Agency for Refugees (SAR) and one representative of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP). The Migration Directorate, is the national coordinator and responsible for the activities done by the BG NCP. For more please see www.mvr.bg

CROATIA
The HR EMN NCP is the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office in Zagreb, Croatia. While conducting EMN-related activities, the HR EMN NCP provides support and closely cooperates with the MoI designated officials. For more please see www.mup.hr

CYPRUS
The Ministry of the Interior is the coordinator of the Cyprus EMN National Contact Point. The CY EMN NCP is composed of the Asylum Service and the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior, and also of the Aliens and Immigration Unit of the Cyprus Police Department. The CY EMN NCP aims to secure a close exchange of information with policymakers at national level, to better understand the needs of the authorities involved, and contribute to the EMN activities. For more please see www.moi.gov.cy

CZECH REPUBLIC
The EMN National Contact Point for the Czech Republic (CZ EMN NCP) is the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior. The Department acts as the co-ordinator of affairs relating to immigration and asylum, both at the legislative and the implementation level and is also responsible for the general integration of non-Czech citizens. For more please see www.emncz.eu

ESTONIA
The Estonian national contact point for EMN is part of Tallinn University (TLU). TLU was appointed as the EE NCP by means of the Minister of the Interior 20 January 2015 Order No 1-3/45 “Appointing the national contact point”. In the structure of TLU the EE NCP is situated under the School of Governance, Law and Society (SOGOLAS), which enables the NCP to work closely with other strong expert groups that engage in research, development and teaching in the areas of migration policy, migration experiences, mobility, as well as issues related to integration and ethnic and civic identity. For more please see www.emn.es

FINLAND
he FI EMN NCP is a separate entity within the Legal Service and Country Information Unit of the Finnish Immigration Service (MIGRI) which issues the first residence permits, processes applications for asylum, steers the work of reception centres, makes decisions on refusal of entry and deportation, is responsible for the processing of citizenship applications and the issue of aliens passports. The Legal Service and Country Information Unit provides legal services and country of origin information to support the work of MIGRI and other authorities working on migration issues. MIGRI operates under the Ministry of the Interior which is responsible for the formulation of Finland’s immigration policy and for drafting legislation on immigration and citizenship. For more please see www.emn.fi

FRANCE
The FR EMN NCP is attached to the Department of Statistics, Studies and Documentation within the Directorate-General for Foreign Nationals in France of the Ministry of Interior, (Ministère de l’Intérieur).The Department of Statistics, Studies and Documentation facilitates access to statistics and data on migration and asylum, required for the elaboration of EMN outputs. For more please see www.emn.fr

GERMANY
The DE EMN NCP is the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). As the Central Migration Agency, the Federal Office processes applications for asylum and subsidiary protection, is responsible for the integration of immigrants and is at the head of a national integration programme. BAMF carries out scientific research on issues of migration and integration to obtain analytical conclusions regarding the control of immigration. Moreover, BAMF observes and evaluates the research sector at national and international level, including providing advice to the Federal Government on immigration policy. For more please see www.bamf.de

GREECE
The EL EMN NCP is composed of the Hellenic Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, General Secretariat of Population and Social Cohesion, Directorate General of Citizenship and Migration Policy, Directorate of Migration Policy. The Unit of Migration Policy within the Ministry, acts as coordinator of the EMN and is competent to manage legal immigration issues, policy of admission and stay of third-country nationals in Greece, as well as EU relevant issues. For more please see www.emn.gr

HUNGARY
The HU EMN NCP is the Department of European Cooperation within the Ministry of Interior. The department is responsible for the elaboration and coordination of migration, asylum and integration policies and supervises the work of the Office of Immigration and Nationality. The department is also responsible for the professional tasks related to the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) which has been set up for the period 2014-2020. The HU EMN NCP coordinates the work of the Hungarian national network and provides objective, up-to-date, reliable and comparable information on the field of migration and asylum for the EU institutions and Member States. For more please see www.emn.hu

IRELAND
The National Contact Point for Ireland (IE EMN NCP) is located within the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland. For more please see www.emm.ie

ITALY
The National Contact Point for Italy (IT EMN NCP) is composed of the Ministry of Interior, Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration, Central Directorate for Immigration and Asylum Policies, which acts as the national coordinator for the EMN, and the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Cultural Heritage (DSU). For more please see www.emm.it

LATVIA
In Latvia activities of the European Migration Network are implemented by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (LV EMN NCP). As an observer, Latvia has been involved in the EMN since 2003. After adoption of the Council Decision 2008/381/EC of 14 May 2008, Latvia has participated in all activities of the Network. Currently the National Contact Point consists of four experts and a Steering Board Member. Support of the national network partners is of major importance for the successful work of the contact point. For more please see www.emn.lv

LITHUANIA
The EMN National Contact Point for Lithuania (LT EMN NCP) unites governmental and non-governmental actors. In Lithuania it was decided that the LT EMN NCP has to be a joint body representing the position of the Government as well as taking into account the position of the non-governmental sector and civil society. As a consequence the LT EMN NCP consists of representatives from the Ministry of the Interior and the Migration department as well as representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Vilnius office, which has close cooperation with NGOs, civil society, academia, migrants and is a part of the global IOM network. This leads to a wider networking, better representation and accommodation of different viewpoints while implementing EMN activities. The LT EMN NCP, as a focal point, collects, analyses, exchanges information and initiates debates on topical migration issues. For more please see www.emn.lt

LUXEMBOURG
Set up in November 2008, the EMN National Contact Point Luxembourg (LU EMN NCP) consists of experts who bring together their knowledge in the field of migration and asylum, particularly on aspects concerning policymaking, law, research and statistics. The coordination role has been attributed to the University of Luxembourg thus emphasizing the research approach of the work, and the current team is composed of one half-time coordination position and four full-time research associates with different academic backgrounds. For more please see www.emn.lu

MALTA
The Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security has the leading role on Asylum and Immigration. The Malta National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (MT EMN NCP) has been designated within the Third Country Nationals Unit of this Ministry. Its role is to establish a national migration network with a wide range of organisations and individuals active in the field of migration and asylum. The main core of this network consists of the Immigration Police, the Office of the Refugee Commissioner, the Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs Department, the National Office of Statistics, the Employment and Training Corporation and the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers. For more please see www.emn.mt

NETHERLANDS
The EMN National Contact Point for the Netherlands (NL EMN NCP) is the Immigration and Naturalisation Service Research and Analysis Department. This unit is part of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), an agency of the Ministry of Security and Justice. The research conducted by INDIAC in general provides the IND and other national entities with objective information on asylum influx and migration flows. INDIAC also undertakes policy evaluations. The NL EMN NCP has developed a national network to aid its activities, involving partners with expertise in the field of asylum and migration. Those partners are from a wide stakeholder group of organisations, including non-governmental organisations like Amnesty International and the Dutch Council for Refugees (VWN), as well as governmental organisations like the Policy Department of the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Ministries of Social Affairs and of Foreign Affairs, the Police, and also the (academic) research community like the Universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Nijmegen. For mrre please see www.emn.nl

POLAND
The Polish National Contact Point to the European Migration Network (PL NCP EMN), established in 2008, is located within the Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior (the entity responsible for general coordination of migration policy of Poland and for international cooperation in this field), which acts as a coordinator of the PL EMN NCP at national level. The Polish EMN NCP currently consists of experts from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Office for Foreigners, National Border Guard Headquarters and the Central Statistical Office that support the EMN activities in Poland inter alia by providing necessary data and information required for the elaboration of EMN outputs. For more please see www.emn.pl

PORTUGAL
he Portuguese EMN NCP is the Aliens and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF), an entity belonging to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. SEF is the national authority for the entry, permanence, exit and removal of foreigners as well for the technical assistance and implementation of the national policies on immigration and asylum. SEF still has as mission study and promote measures and actions related to national policies on immigration, asylum and borders and is the entity responsible for national statistics on immigration and asylum. For more please see www.emn.pt

ROMANIA
The Romanian EMN NCP is the General Inspectorate for Immigration. For more please see www.emn.ro

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
he SK EMN NCP is composed of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bratislava, which acts as the national coordinator for the EMN; the Ministry of Interior, specifically the Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Presidium of the Police Force, the Migration Office and the Department of Foreign and European Affairs of the Office of the Minister of Interior; the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family and the Statistical Office. For more please see www.emn.sk

SPAIN
The ES EMN NCP is composed of experts from the Ministries of Employment and Social Security, of Interior, for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and of Justice and the General Prosecutor’s Office. It is coordinated by the Deputy General Directorate for Legal affairs unit under the responsibility of the General Secretariat for Immigration and Emigration, Ministry of Employment and Social Security. For more please see www.emn.es

SWEDEN
Since 2008 the Swedish Migration Agency is the Swedish EMN National Contact Point (SE EMN NCP), which is located administratively within the unit for migration intelligence, as a separate section. The staff consists of a national coordinator and four senior advisers. They are responsible for coordinating and carrying out the tasks of the EMN work in Sweden. They are also responsible for establishing and maintaining a national multi-level network of experts and stakeholders, including organisational and individual actors in the field of asylum and migration. Additional support is received from experts at other divisions within the Migration Agency related to different topics, for instance in regard to ad hoc queries. For more please see www.emn.se

UNITED KINGDOM
he EMN National Contact Point for the United Kingdom (UK EMN NCP) is located within the Migration and Border Analysis Unit (MBA) of the Home Office Science Group and consists of a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and statisticians supporting UK policymakers and operations. MBA carries out a programme of research and analysis including work on the drivers, costs and benefits of migration, border security, enforcement of immigration law, and the European and international contexts of migration to the UK. MBA also undertakes policy and programme evaluation, links migration research across government departments and engages with migration researchers outside of government. In addition to providing UK input to EMN studies and its other outputs, the UK EMN NCP coordinates a national network of over 400 migration researchers and organisations, policy developers and government analysts. For more please see www.emn.uk

DENMARK
Although Denmark did not take part in the adoption of the Decision establishing the EMN, it still participates in some EMN activities, being represented by the Danish Ministry of Justice, Division for International Cooperation on Migration. www.justitsministeriet.dk

NORWAY
Norway participates in the EMN via a Working Arrangement between the European Commission and the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. The EMN National Contact Point for Norway (NO EMN NCP) was established on 1st January 2011 and consists of experts from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. Norway’s participation in the EMN, as a non-EU Member State, follows from the objectives set out in the Report No. 9 (2009-2010) to the Storting: Norway’s refugee and migration policy in a European perspective: “Participating in the EMN will give us access to a broad range of information about developments in European refugee and migration policy. It will also improve the Norwegian authorities’ ability to ensure that Norway’s policy and practice are harmonised with other European countries and to learn from other countries’ experience.” For more please see www.emn.no