EMN Asylum & Migration Glossary

A tool for better comparability

The purpose of this European Migration Network (EMN) Glossary of terms relating to Asylum and Migration is inter alia to improve comparability between EU member States through the use and common understanding of the terms and definitions contained therein. The glossary is intended to serve as a useful reference document for EMN National Contact Points and their National Network members, as well as for other practitioners in the filed of asylum and migration.


Glossary 3.0: an updated version of the EMN Glossary

Migration and asylum policies at EU and national levels have quickly evolved since the first EMN Glossary has been published in January 2010. In order to provide reliable and updated information and to adjust to the latest migration and asylum related developments, the EMN Glossary is regularly revised.

This third updated edition of the EMN Glossary contains :

  • Almost 400 terms of which almost 100 new entries;
  • More than 120 major amendments ;
  • Updated sources and references.


Terms are arranged in alphabetical order. For each term, the following are given:

  • The translation into Member States languages
  • The agreed definition plus the source of the definition
  • Additional explicative notes related to the term

In order to indicate a relation to other terms, the following are also provided:

  • Synonym
  • Broader term
  • Narrower term
  • Related term

As in the example below:


Whilst the glossary has primarily been developed in English, it has been translated by some Member States.

As a result, the EMN Glossary is also available in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic (translations are available for the EMN Glossary 2.0. 3.0 translations are being processed).