In recent decades the demographic composition of the societies of Europe has changed considerably due to immigration. The number of inhabitants in Europe has noticeably increased, and in the past three years in particular the topic of migration has led to new political polarisations in the societies of Europe. The political and social challenges associated with this development are not yet foreseeable. There is a need for studies which explore the relationship between migration and democracy.
The Mercator Forum for Migration and Democracy (MIDEM) asks how migration impacts democratic policies, institutions and cultures and, at the same time, is impacted by them. Forms, instruments and processes of political processing of migration in democratic societies are examined – in individual countries and in a comparative view of Europe.
MIDEM is a research center of the Technische Universität Dresden in cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen, funded by Stiftung Mercator. It is led by Prof. Dr. Hans Vorländer, TU Dresden.