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It was decided after extensive thematic debates in the context of the European Migration Network that a large scale study about the impact of third country immigration into member states of the European Union should be produced as a first network-wide information-gathering activity. Nine national contact points (IDOS from Italy, among these) participated in this endeavour. Studying such impacts in a new area of research, despite its importance as a background for academic and public debates on immigration, asylum, settlement, and integration.
Three main tasks were defined for the study. The capacities of the network for comparative research should have been evaluated. The state of knowledge in the countries under review should have been presented. The results were to contribute to widen the informational and data basis for political debates and decisions. Areas of study were the impact of immigration on the economies, the cultural contexts, and on the political structures. This was carried out through desk research and the presentation of country studies.