European Migration Network
The European Migration Network (EMN) makes available a wide range of timely, objective and comparable information on international migration and asylum 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. More information on the European Migration Network.