The Department of Geography and Spatial Planning is hosting the following networks and national contact/focal points.

Luxembourg European Migration Network National Contact Point (LU EMN NCP)


The European Migration Network (EMN) was established by Council Decision 2008/381/EC with the objective to:

  • meet the information needs of Union institutions and of Member States’ authorities and institutions
  • provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum
  • support policymaking in the European Union in these areas
  • provide the general public with such information

The LU EMN NCP is composed of an interdisciplinary team of experts from:

The LU EMN NCP is coordinated by Prof. Birte Nienaber of the University of Luxembourg.
Contact:      Website:

FRANET National Focal Point






The Department is hosting the FRANET National Focal Point in Luxembourg for the European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) since 2018.
The Agency is an independent centre of reference and excellence for promoting and protecting human
rights in the EU.

FRANET is the Agency’s multidisciplinary research network. It is composed of contractors in each EU Member State, the UK and in countries which have Observer status. Upon request, the contractors provide reports and relevant data on fundamental rights issues to FRA in order to facilitate the Agency’s comparative analyses. The FRANET National Focal Point in Luxembourg will foster networking activities and provide contracted reports and data to FRA over the next years.

Coordination: Prof. Birte Nienaber, Team members: Dr. Volha Vysotskaya, Joao Vasconcelos
More information about FRANET in Luxembourg:

UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS)






The UniGR-CBS is an Interdisciplinary Competence Center of the University of the Greater Region (UniGR) and combines the expertise of the border researchers of its partner universities. It has been shaping the Greater Region since 2014 and works across borders and border spaces in Europe and beyond. The involved border researchers investigate socioeconomic and sociocultural issues and provide practice-oriented solutions for challenges in border regions. They cooperate with regional stakeholders and meet in interregional working groups, in which projects and research bases are developed. The border researchers are connected in an international network and offer the trinational "UniGR-Master in Border Studies" with a spatial and cultural/linguistic specialisation.

Network partners

  • University of Luxembourg
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • University of Liège
  • University of Lorraine
  • Saarland University
  • Trier University
  • University of the Greater Region (UniGR a.s.b.l.)

Head of the UniGR-CBS Coordination Unit at the University of Luxembourg: Dr. Christian Wille
Team members: Denise Rodrigues Marafona, Lola Aubry

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