FP7 Marie Curie project – EMIGRE

ÉMIGRÉ – European emigration governance – emigration and diaspora policies and discourses in the post-crisis era

Project funded by the FP-7 Programme of the European Union, Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

Grant Agreement no. 624433

My name is Agnieszka Weinar and I am the Leading Researcher of the ÉMIGRÉ project. The purpose of the project is to analyse the impact of emigration and diaspora policies implemented on national and EU-level on migration strategies of EU nationals.

The project looks at the EU member states from the perspective of emigration governance. The main underlying theme of this research is that emigration and immigration are two sides of the same coin and thus European migration governance should be approached from two angles to understand its full dimension. The European Union is in fact still a region of emigration, with a majority of migrants staying within its boundaries, however important numbers leaving EU every year. Based on current global trends emigrants should be perceived as a potential asset. ÉMIGRÉ analyses emigration and diaspora policies of four EU Member States (UK, France, Portugal and Poland) as well as EU-level responses to emigration. I would like to know whether policies and actions of the EU countries support EU nationals in their migration project.

The key objectives are:

1) To close the knowledge gap on migration from the EU.

2) To enrich international migration governance studies by providing comparative analysis of actions of EU Member States in regards to emigration management.

3) To determine the relation between State identity formation/shifts and success of policy learning/policy transfer processes between levels of governance.

4) To contribute to evidence-based policy making at the EU level

The research is being carried out as a part of my individual Marie Curie Fellowship project implemented at the European University Institute in Florence and at Carleton University. My mentors are Prof. Rainer Baubock (rainer.baubock@eui.eu) and Prof. Howard Duncan (howard.duncan@carleton.edu.ca).