Work Package 1 concentrates on monitoring migration trends in Flanders and Belgium, within a European and international framework. Monitoring implies the systematic follow-up of data. The available figures will be grouped in various ways and at various policy and analytical levels. The quantitative approach includes following up on a variety of foreign and international sources, while qualitative monitoring involves data that cannot be quantified, including modifications to legislation (in Belgium, as well as in neighbouring countries) and changing economic context. This work package requires collaboration with relevant government service agencies, where possible, including for the follow-up of integration processes.
To improve understanding with regard to the implications of migration at the national and regional levels, migration trends and patterns will be mapped according to systematic quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, thereby facilitating pro-active policy. Migration and integration policy challenges are multi-dimensional, and they are related to other policy areas, evolutions and events across borders. Monitoring and analysing migration trends will therefore require following up on a wide range of data. In the interest of evidence-based policy, several migrant groups and new migrations will be discussed within the context of a period of growing super-diversity.