In recent years, the EU has been experiencing a period of intense international migration. The proportion of migrants in the EU is constantly increasing and the functioning of the Schengen provides for travel without border control. This means that national immigration and asylum policies are becoming more and more inter-connected. This also means that policy makers at the EU and national levels need comparable information on migration/asylum policies and objective analysis of information in order to facilitate policy debate and to keep each other informed about policy developments and existing practices for regulating migration and asylum. Finally in 2008, the European Council established the European Migration Network (EMN). Acknowledging this need the Council of the European Union in 2008 adopted the Council decision establishing the EMN.

The EMN is composed of migration experts from all EU Member States (except Denmark) and EMN observers, namely Norway, Georgia and Moldova, and plays a key role in providing up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum topics to policy makers (at EU and Member State level) and the general public. The network is managed by the European Commission assisted by the Service Provider and National Contact Points established in all participating member states. The Steering Board composed of state representatives provides strategic guidelines.    

Main activities

2009 - Present


The Lithuanian Government designated the IOM office in Vilnius as the coordinating organization in Lithuania and signed the cooperation agreement on implementation of EMN activities in Lithuania. IOM Vilnius implements project activities in close cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Migration Department

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The project is financed by the European Commission and co-financed by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania