||EU-Sixth Framework Programme of the European Community
||2007-03-01 -- 2009-10-31
||Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare
Promoting Comparative Quantitative Research in the Field of Migration and Integration in Europe
With the Amsterdam Treaty and the increasing competence of the European Union in the field of migration, integration, anti-discrimination and asylum, the need for comparative data in this area has been increasingly recognized. Social scientists, on the other hand, have a much broader agenda for comparative research, which goes beyond the immediate needs of policy makers and requires much more sophisticated data as well as knowledge about datasets that might be used for comparative research purposes.
The main objective of PROMINSTAT is to promote comparative quantitative research in the field of migration and integration. It will do so in three respects:
First, an online database will be established containing essential technical information on statistical datasets in 27 European countries (all EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland) as well as the variables included in these dataset. The database will be designed and established in the first half of the project (months 1 – 14).
Second, national data collection systems will be systematically described in the form of brief country reports which will provide essential contextual information necessary to understand statistical data in the area of migration and integration more generally. The country reports will be finalised in parallel with the database (months 9-14).
Third, thematic studies will explore the possibilities for and the limitations on conducting comparative research in a number of different thematic areas in the broad field of migration and integration of migrants. A separate study will investigate the links between data needs of policymakers, data provision and data collection policies. The thematic studies will be the focus of the second half of the project (months 15-24).