The aim of the History of International Migration website is to help reseachers and students who want to study European migration movements by providing them with a kind of framework and with documents and information about sources on migration.

It uses a standard list of questions which should be answered to every subject in which migration plays a role.

The four main questions are:

1. Description of the migration movement
2. Causes of migration
3. Consequences of migration
4. Reactions on migration

Secondly the website uses a chronological framework:

1. Migration before 1750
2. Migration between 1750 -1914
3. Migration between 1914 -1945
4. Migration after 1945