The work of the European Migration Network (EMN) is to make available a wide range of timely, objective and comparable information on international migration for policy makers, researchers, NGOs and other practitioners, and the public across all EU member States. The aim is to deepen our understanding of the phenomenon of migration and facilitate analysis and research that will contribute to more informed planning, policies and actions in this area, and lead to more meaningful co-operation within the EU. In May 2008 the European Migration Network was established with a permanent legal base (Council Decision 2008/381/EC). A network of operational units termed National Contact Points has been formally established, one in each EU member State. The ESRI has been designated as the official Irish Contact Point since 2003. The initiative is jointly funded by the EU Directorate-General for Home Affairs and the Irish Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. More information on the European Migration Network.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
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.