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About the Transatlantic Council on Migration

About the Transatlantic Council on Migration

The Transatlantic Council on Migration (TCM) is a unique deliberative body that examines vital policy issues and informs migration policymaking processes across Europe, North America, and Australia. The Council’s work is at the cutting edge of policy analysis and evaluation and is thus an essential tool of policymaking.

Launched in 2008, the Transatlantic Council is an initiative of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC that was first convened by MPI's founding President, Demetrios Papademetriou. The Council’s work is generously supported by the following foundations and governments: the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

For more information on the Transatlantic Council on Migration, please contact MPI International Program Associate Director Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan at 202-266-1923 or [email protected].


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 best specialists.

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 succeeds the Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration, launched in 2006 by MPI and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Council Statements

Since its inception, the Council has released a statement after each convening, summarizing some of the key discussion points and findings to come out of the meeting. All Council Statements are available here


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. A list of all the prior meetings and related papers prepared for the Council meeetings can be accessed here:

May 2020 - Virtual
International Mobility and Migration in the Age of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

October 2019 - Brussels
Coming Together or Coming Apart? A New Phase of International Cooperation

February 2019 - Vienna
Rebuilding Community After Crisis: An Updated Social Contract for a New Migration Reality

September 2018 - Brussels
Building Migration Systems for a New Age of Economic Competitiveness

November 2017 - Stockholm
The Future of Migration Policy in a Volatile Political Landscape

February 2017 - Oslo
Building Partnerships to Respond to the Next Decade’s Migration Challenges

June 2016 - Toronto
The Other Side of the Asylum and Resettlement Coin: Investing in Refugee Success along the Continuum

January 2016 - Berlin
Development, Mobility, Protection: Building Opportunity into Refugee Solutions

June 2015 - Rome
Building and Maintaining Trust in the Governance of Migration

December 2014 - Brussels
Refitting the Global Protection System to Meet the Challenges of Modern Crises

June 2014 - Lisbon
Rethinking Emigration: A Lost Generation or a New Era of Mobility?

November 2013 - London
Cities & Regions: Reaping Migration's Local Dividends

June 2013 - New York
Migration Is Development: Policies That Work

December 2012 - Madrid
Immigration & Skills: Maximizing Human Capital in a Changing Economic Landscape

June 2012 – Washington, DC 
Curbing the Influence of “Bad Actors” in International Migration

November 2011 – Berlin
Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration

June 2011 – Lisbon
The Governance of International Migration: Defining the Potential for Reform

November 2010 – Washington, DC
Restoring Trust in the Management of Migration and Borders

May 2010 – Bellagio, Italy
Immigrant Integration: Priorities for the Next Decade

June 2009 – Berlin 
Integration at the Local Level – Diversity, Social Cohesion, and the Descendants of Immigrants

May 2009 – Bellagio, Italy 
Public Opinion, Media Coverage, and Migration

November 2008 - New York
International Competitiveness and the Future of Migration

April 2008 - Bellagio, Italy
Migration and Development, and Citizenship and Identity in the 21st Century