Migration Program

DGAP’s Migration Program analyzes migration policies in Germany, Europe, and other relevant countries of destination, transit, and origin to promote balanced, constructive, and fact-based debates. On the basis of this work, it develops practice-oriented policy recommendations.

Main Topics:

  • Migration management
  • Cooperation with countries of origin and transit
  • Migration agreements and migration partnerships
  • German migration policies
  • Reform of EU asylum and migration policies
  • Returns and deportations
  • Reintegration
  • Migration dialogue among world regions – especially between Europe and Africa and between Europe and the Americas


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The experts in DGAP’s Migration Program present their research and comment on current migration issues in national and international media, as well as at public events and conferences.

They use this work to develop practical policy recommendations. They also regularly advise political decision-makers in Germany and beyond and provide them with confidential briefings.

Applications for the Program’s Research

Since its inception in 2019, the Migration Program has been conducting research on a range of migration challenges. These include migration management, returns, deportations, cooperation with third countries, migration partnerships, the reform of EU asylum and migration law (New Pact on Migration and Asylum), the reintegration of migrants into their countries of origin, EU-African migration cooperation, transatlantic migration cooperation, refugee protection and resettlement, the UN Migration Pact, and the instrumentalization of migration, as well the communication, disinformation, and fake news surrounding migration.

Currently, the focal point of the program’s work is the external dimension of migration policies, return, and reintegration.

The project External Dimensions of Migration Policy conducts research on the coherence and harmonization of European migration policy and the cost-benefit trade-offs of different options in external migration policy. The experiences of other countries within and beyond Europe are incorporated into this research.

The project The Role of Returnee Networks in Reintegration: Opportunities and Limits aims to generate knowledge on returnee networks and their role in the reintegration of returning migrants. It also seeks to foster exchange among returnee networks, experts, decision-makers from both politics and civil society, and other relevant groups.

In addition, the experts in DGAP’s Migration Program take up other current issues as they develop – for example, refugee movements from Ukraine and the migration policies and reforms of Germany’s ruling coalition.

Contact person


Double-Edged Sword

How to Engage Returnee Networks in Migrant Reintegration
Victoria Rietig
Sophie Meiners


Past events