The Transatlantic Council on Migration is a unique deliberative body that
examines vital policy issues and informs migration policymaking processes
across the Atlantic community.
The Council’s work is at the cutting
edge of policy analysis and evaluation and is thus an essential tool of
Launched in April 2008, the Council is an initiative of the
Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC, convened by MPI
President Demetrios Papademetriou. The
Bertelsmann Stiftung is the Council’s policy partner.
The Council’s work is generously supported by the following foundations and governments: Carnegie Corporation of New York,
Open Society Foundations, Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Barrow Cadbury Trust (UK Policy Partner), the Luso-American Development Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the Governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
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The Council has a dual mission:
- To help inform the transatlantic immigration
and integration agenda and promote better-informed policymaking by proactively
identifying critical policy issues, analyzing them in light of the best
research, and bringing them to public attention.
- To serve as a resource
for governments as they grapple with the challenges and opportunities
associated with international migration.
The Council’s approach is evidence-based, progressive yet
pragmatic, and ardently independent. The policy options placed before the
Council for its deliberation are analyzed and vetted by some of the world’s
The policy fields explored include:
- Advancing social cohesion and social
justice through more thoughtful citizenship and integration policies
that focus equally on rights and responsibilities.
- Enhancing economic
growth and competitiveness through immigration.
- Encouraging and facilitating
greater mobility through better security.
- Understanding better the relationship
between states and emerging religious communities and fleshing out the
rights and responsibilities of all parties.
- Understanding better the complex
links between migration and development.
The Council convenes twice a year, in the spring and fall, and
also holds extraordinary meetings as necessary.
All meetings are conducted
under the Chatham House Rule.
The Council succeeds the Transatlantic Task Force
on Immigration and Integration, launched in the spring of 2006
by MPI and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. A full description of the Task Force,
its members, publications, and events is available at: www.migrationpolicy.org/transatlantic2006.
Demetrios Papademetriou, Convener and President of the Migration
Giuliano Amato, former Prime Minister and Interior
Minister of Italy
Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security and now senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP
The Rt Hon Charles Clarke, former Member of British Parliament and former Home Secretary
Palacio, Senior Vice President, AREVA; former Foreign Minister
Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the UK Commission on Equality
and Human Rights
Rita Süssmuth, Former President of the German Federal
Antonio Vitorino, Partner of Gonçalves Pereira,
Castelo Branco & Associados;
former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs
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Council Press Contact:
Michelle Mittelstadt, Director of Communications, MPI