European NGO Platform Asylum and Migration

EPAM is the meeting-place of European non-governmental organisations and networks seeking to contribute to the development of asylum and migration policy in the European Union. The Platform has been running on a voluntary basis since 1994. Quarterly meetings are co-chaired by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and UNHCR, while quarterly working groups on asylum and migration are chaired respectively by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the Migration Policy Group (MPG). New applications for membership are discussed and approved in the plenary session of the Platform.

EPAM members are NGOs that are:

·         - active on asylum and migration

·         - networked across Europe

·         - mostly based in Brussels

UNHCR facilitates the coordination of the members.

Year(s): 1994

Target group(s): EU NGOs on asylum and migration, migrants and asylum seekers.



Through its members, EPAM has an extensive expertise on asylum and migration. Many EPAM members have large networks within EU Member States and beyond in regions of origin, with member organisations working at national and local level with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities.

EPAM is the place where EU NGOs on asylum and migration regularly meet to exchange information and views on EU developments and to coordinate EU level advocacy actions. Members also use EPAM to meet informally with representatives of the European Commission and Parliament on EU asylum and migration policy development, as well as Permanent Representations of Member States and EU Presidencies.

Type of product


Brief description of the product / outcome / method

To exchange information and views and to coordinate EU level advocacy actions

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

To improve migrant and asylum seekers situation in Europe.

Promoter of the initiative

Name of organization / individual: European NGO Platform Asylum and Migration



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