EVI-MED - Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations

Lead Research Organisation: Middlesex University
Department Name: School of Law

Abstract

"EVI-MED - Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations" seeks to conduct urgent data collection and essential analysis on the Mediterranean migration crisis and to make these swiftly and publicly available to policymakers, practitioners, migrant community support organisations, and the research community.

EVI-MED will provide insights into the major humanitarian, social, economic and political implications for the principal countries of arrival - above all Italy and Greece - as well as Malta which is a central pillar of the search and rescue effort. The project is also relevant to other potential countries of reception and settlement in Europe, including the United Kingdom. This will be achieved through a diversity of research methods, including:

A) The collection and standardization of a broad range of secondary data on migration, including statistics provided by search and rescue organisations and national and European bodies which will be integrated with data-sets made available by international NGOs, to create a synthetic database on migration trends and characteristics of flows.

B) A survey of individual migrants - with at least 750 participants across Sicily, Greece and Malta - providing insight into profiles, routes, experiences and migration plans. This survey data will be complemented by 45 in-depth interviews focusing on migrant life-histories, decision making and use of networks.

C) A systematic mapping of the 'reception systems' in Sicily, Greece and Malta, identifying governmental and non-governmental actors involved in the identification, management, reception, integration and potential return of migrants who make the journey across the Mediterranean.

D) Overall analysis of the migration and reception situation, derived from the above data-sets and integrated with further interviews with experts and practitioners, the contribution of international advisors, and the evidence emerging from the existing literature and other research and ongoing research activities.

The project benefits from close collaboration with a number of well-established specialist organisations, including the Greek Council for Refugees, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), Migrant Report, Borderline Sicily, People for Change Foundation Malta and with expert knowledge of countries of origin provided by the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS), a project of the Danish Refugee Council working in the Horn of Africa and Middle East.

EVI-MED's wide-ranging engagement platform capitalises on the network of collaborations and partnerships established with Middlesex's Mediterranean Observatory on Migration Protection and Asylum (MOMPA) - a joint initiative of Middlesex University London and Middlesex University Malta.

The project outputs - including data-sets, policy briefs, academic articles, situation reports, interactive maps - will be made available through the project website, in order to advertise them as widely as possible through EVI-MED's 'engagement platform', networks and social media provided by partners and collaborating organisations. Other outputs include conferences, knowledge exchange events, consultations and briefings with national and European policymakers.

Planned Impact

EVI-MED aims to generate a positive impact for the following groups.

(1) National governments of Greece, Italy, Malta will benefit from data on migrant flows, services which will inform reception planning, integration and return efforts. Key beneficiaries include: Greece: Ministry of Interior; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of National Defence; Ministry of Citizen Protection; Ministry of State. Italy: Council of Ministers; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Interior. Malta: Office of the Prime Minister; Office of the President; Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security; Ministry of European Affairs, Refugee Commission; Ministry of Social Dialogue, Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers; Armed Forces Malta.

(2) Regional/Municipal governments of Greece, Italy, Malta will benefit from data on migrant flows, services and provision which will assist with reception planning and integration. Key beneficiaries include: Greece: Decentralised Administrations (Northern Aegean Region, Southern Aegean Region, Crete); and regions and municipalities of Athens and Thessaloniki. Italy: Region of Sicily; Provinces of Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa, Trapani; and municipal governments in Milan, Rome, Naples. Malta: North Western Region and South Eastern Region.

(3) European Union institutions. European Union Institutions will benefit from data and analysis regarding migrant flows, services and the planning of reception, relocation, and resettlement; as well as the challenge of protecting the human rights of migrants and anti-smuggling efforts. Key beneficiaries include: European Parliament (LIBE) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; European Parliament Information Office (EPIO); European Commission (DGs Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL); Eurostat (ESTAT); Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO); International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO); Migration and Home Affairs (HOME); European Council; European Asylum Support Office (EASO); Frontex.

(4) Donor governments. Governments funding search and rescue efforts and humanitarian assistance to refugees from Syria and Eritrea will benefit from information allowing for the more efficient use of funds. Beneficiaries include all 28 EU member states and migrant receiving states/countries of resettlement including Norway, Switzerland USA.

(5) Migrants/Refugees and others in countries of origin. Refugees, family migrants, economic migrants and others will benefit from the provision of a map of services and public database on access points and areas of high danger; which will also strengthen the capacity of the organisations supporting them.

(6) NGOs including relief agencies and migrants centres will benefit from 'data validation' and analysis of information and data on flows and services. This will enable the more effective use of funds and better planning for reception, integration and future return scenarios. Key beneficiaries include: Italy: Borderline Sicily, Caritas, Emergency, MSF, JRS. Greece: Greek Refugee Council, MSF, Migrant Files. Malta: Aditus, Catholic Church's Emigrants' Commission, Jesuit Relief Services; Migrant Offshore Aid Station; MSF; SOS Malta; Victim Support.

(7) International Organisations (IGOs and INGOs) will benefit from 'data validation' and analysis and joint dissemination efforts. Key beneficiaries include: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD); ICRC; IOM; International Maritime Organisation; UNHCR.

(8) Private Sector. Evidence used to inform search and rescue efforts will impact on management of traffic across the Mediterranean and benefit commercial shipping and the tourist industry, especially in the Aegean islands and Lampedusa.

Publications

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Baldwin-Edwards M (2018) The politics of evidence-based policy in Europe's 'migration crisis' in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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Baldwin-Edwards, M. (2016) Emergenza Libia

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Blitz BK (2017) Health Challenges in Refugee Reception: Dateline Europe 2016. in International journal of environmental research and public health

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Blitz, B. K. (2017) Public Opinion and Political Discord Regarding Refugee Protection in Journal of Migration and Human Security

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Blitz, B. K. (2016) Appeasement is Not The Way - Now as Then in Social Europe

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Blitz, B.K. (2017) 'Dissing the Experts' in Social Europe

 
Title Fishers of Men - Feature lenghth film on MOAS and search and rescue in the Mediterranean 
Description Fishers of Men is Feature lenghth film about the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and search and rescue effort in the Mediterranean. It was filmed and edited by Zane Dedlow and Dale Gillett - Middlesex University interns and later graduate students who were placed in MOAS as part of the broader research project. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The film was screened at the Malta International Film Festival and is no available on youtube. 
URL http://www.fishersofmenfilm.com
 
Title Lampedusa Anonymous 
Description Short film about migrant cemetery in Lampedusa. In Italian with sub-titles. Middlesex University lecturer Elena Vacchelli talks to Francesco Piobbichi of Mediterranean Hope in the cemetery on Lampedusa. Directed and Produced by Dan Hitchins Samson; Executuve Producer Brad Blitz 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The film was screened at an event organised by the British Museum and Counterpoint Arts during Refugee Week and to support a programme around its acquisition of the Lampedusa Cross. 
URL https://youtu.be/fn9KLrToKDE
 
Description The research identified major differences between the reception systems in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean and even within the Central Mediterranean. We describe two distinct sub-systems in Italy and Greece. In Greece in particular, reception has been complicated by the multiplicity of actors involved and the challenge of responding to external pressures, including the closure of borders and relocation initiatives. As a result, migrants in Greece have been detained and left in camp-like situations; in Italy a permissive approach towards refused asylum-seekers has encouraged their informal integration through exploitative labour practices. This has given rise to further findings regarding:

1. The existence of two sub-systems in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean each with its own dynamic and migrant/refugee journeys and trajectories.

2. The nature of migrants' journeys including evidence of abuse, ill-treatment and illness en route.

3. The development of multi-actor governance based on complex interactions between international organisations, national governments, local authorities, formal NGOs and civil society associations involved in the reception of asylum seekers and refugees

4. The different ideas and modalities of reception - we note that attitudes towards asylum reflects the composition of migrants in the selected states and a realisation that those not prioritised for relocation on account of their nationality and vulnerability status have fewer options. For those in Greece, separated from family elsewhere in Europe, it is likely there will be future movements.

5. The need for socially disaggregated data for adults and children

6. Gendered mobilities, protection and vulnerabilities in Greece and Italy.

7. The impact of EU policy, in particular the EU-Turkey statement, and the changing relationship between internal dispersal, relocation and family reunification under Dublin.

8. Increasing applications for asylum in Mediterranean countries and formal/informal integration processes

9. The meaning of crisis and its narratives in Greece and Italy.

10. Migrants in the reception system in all countries responded most positively to regularisation including the provision of communal living arrangements, stability and educational opportunities for their children. Such conditions are necessary for further life planning and successful integration.
Exploitation Route Further analysis is required but there is much to say regarding the nature of reception and the impact on families in particular.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://evimedresearch.wordpress.com/
 
Description Our findings were used to inform debate about the wider migration 'crisis' in Europe in both the UK, in public, and in both the Westminster and European Parliaments. Our initial findings were used to support Moving Stories - Refugee Week at the British Museum, where a film produced by one of our student interns was shown, alongside a presentation by Professors Blitz and Kofman, and in the context of the newly acquired Lampedusa Cross. In the UK our findings informed a parliamentary inquiry on the threat of human trafficking to unaccompanied and separated children. In the European Parliament our findings were presented to inform the nature of refugee reception and migration management. The research has attracted both media attention and many invitations to high level events. Specifically, in July 2017, our findings were included in and cited in the report prepared for the Human Trafficking Foundation by Christine Beddoe, 'An Independent Inquiry into the Situation of Separated and Unaccompanied Minors in parts of Europe. In July, findings were further shared at a special conference on migration management hosted by the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE). In November 2017, the PI was awarded the post of Director of the DFID and British Academy Programme on Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour. While the research did not expressly ask about 'modern slavery', participants were asked about how they paid for their journeys and if they laboured in remunerated or unremunerated jobs. The evidence in particular of migrants who transited via Libya to Italy was used to inform the above programme and highlight how forced migrants may be absorbed into forced labour.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Cited in World Identity Report
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://win.systems/
 
Description Submission of evidence to European Parliament - High Level Conference on Migration Management
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://youtu.be/G2PIglnalo0
 
Description Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry on Human Trafficking and Separated Children
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Over the last few years the UK Government has shown significant leadership in response to the refugee crisis into Europe and more broadly to the various migration crises globally. This is reflected in its aid commitment to Syria and the surrounding regions, in the previous deployment of UK assets for search and rescue operations, the expansion of the Syrian Vulnerable Person's Resettlement Scheme, accepting vulnerable children and their families from the Middle East and North Africa region under the Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Scheme and in enacting legislation to relocate vulnerable unaccompanied children from within Europe in what has become known as the "Dubs Amendment" after Lord Alf Dubs who has long championed the protection of refugee children. The migrant crisis of 2016 brought into sharp focus the many thousands of children fleeing from desperate situations. A significant percentage travel alone, others start the journey with family but can easily became separated en route leaving them alone without a responsible family member. UNHCR recorded that between 1st January and 31st December 2016 100,264 children arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria, of whom 33,806 (34%) were unaccompanied or separated children. These children arrived through three principle routes: via Turkey to Greece and Bulgaria by sea; by sea to Italy; and by sea to Spain and overland. In Italy an estimated 92% of the children were unaccompanied. The Inquiry welcomed the Dubs Scheme as a contribution to the 4 P approach to combat human trafficking - Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership. When Section 67 of the Immigration Act was enacted the Inquiry team believed that done correctly, the safe and swift transfer of children to the UK would assist social workers to undertake comprehensive assessments and that would ultimately provide more data to law enforcement about how traffickers and smugglers operate across Europe. At the same time, it would deliver a comprehensive package of support to children, build trust with them and this would reduce the future risk of trafficking. It is therefore disappointing that the Government used trafficking as an excuse to curtail the Dubs scheme without consultation with specialist organisations. The evidence we submitted highlights that current policy feeds human trafficking, not stops it. Our EVI-MED research contributes to a wider body of evidence which is being used to inform recommendations about how to protect children on the move and prevent organised serious crime.
URL http://humantraffickingfoundation.org/sites/default/files/HTF%20Separated%20%26%20Unaccompanied%20Mi...
 
Description Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry on Human Trafficking and Separated Children
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://humantraffickingfoundation.org/sites/default/files/HTF%20Separated%20%26%20Unaccompanied%20Mi...
 
Description Asylum Migration and Integration Fund
Amount € 400,000 (EUR)
Funding ID Home/2014/AMIF/AG/ASYL/7859 --- Reference 30-CE-0755258/00-25 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2016 
End 01/2018
 
Description British Academy and DFID programme, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business
Amount £96,528 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 04/2019
 
Description European Asylum Support Office - Service Contract to Certify and Accredit the European Asylum Support Office Training Module
Amount € 57,738 (EUR)
Funding ID EASO/2015/326 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2015 
End 11/2016
 
Description Newton Fund
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Middlesex University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Regional Research Promotion Programme
Amount SFr. 10,590 (CHF)
Funding ID CHF 29,980 
Organisation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation 
Sector Public
Country Switzerland
Start 06/2016 
End 11/2016
 
Title Analytical database 
Description Review of relevant websites and data sources, organised and catalogued. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title Interview schedule for researchers in Italy, Greece and Malta 
Description Interview schedule for researchers in Italy, Greece and Malta 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Interviews with refugees and migrants and also with key stakeholders 
 
Title Questionnaire for fieldwork in Italy, Greece and Malta 
Description The research team devised and piloted a questionnaire on migrant flows and reception conditions of migrants/refugees in the three selected countries: Italy (Sicily), Greece and Malta. The target is 750 participants. The questionnaire has been uploaded to Qualtrics with three interfaces - one for each of the three countries. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Still at a very early stage. 
URL https://sprc.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0qTdcWDfZRcpsR7&Preview=Survey&Q_CHL=preview&BrandID=sprc
 
Title Analytical database 
Description Database of key sources on forced migration and governance relating to European Mediterranean Migration Crisis 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Description Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Department Institute of Global Affairs, LSE
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Brad Blitz and Eleonore Kofman were invited to act as Visiting Professors in the Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE to further support the development of the Migration Initiative. They have written bids for the LSE and participated in events which has further strengthened the ALUM network
Collaborator Contribution Presentation of conference papers; co-investigator on successful 3 year research bid from the Volkswagen Foundation , Wellcome Trust and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for a project entitled: The Responsible Deal: How Best to Protect Syrian Refugees.
Impact 3 year research bid from the Volkswagen Foundation , Wellcome Trust and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for a project entitled: The Responsible Deal: How Best to Protect Syrian Refugees.
Start Year 2016
 
Description British Academy / DFID programme on Modern Slavery 
Organisation The British Academy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I have been appointed Director of the British Academy Programme, Tacking Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business funded by DFID.
Collaborator Contribution The research in Sicily in particular generated evidence of modern slavery which was central to my securing this role and relationship with the British Academy.
Impact Article, 'Investigating Modern Slavery', British Academy Review, March 2018 (in press) and Film, Modern Slavery - British Academy promotional video for the programme, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business; directed by Johanna Schwartz and produced bySoapbox. https://youtu.be/_YCBlVyQ-l8
Start Year 2017
 
Description EVI-MED Partners 
Organisation Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Department School of Spatial Planning and Development
Country Greece 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Each of the partners brings something different to the project - assistance with dissemination; advice regarding in-country conditions; assistance with dissemination; and internships. Our role is to source information for dissemination; produce queries that need answering; planning workshops and events; and sourcing students for internships.
Collaborator Contribution University of Palermo - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign Danish Refugee Council - RMMS: offering advice regarding in-country conditions/country of origin information MOAS - offering internships to Middlesex University students
Impact European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign; Living with Migration; 28 October 2015 http://www.europarlmt.eu/en/news_events/news/news_2014/news_nov/livingwithmigration.html
Start Year 2015
 
Description EVI-MED Partners 
Organisation Danish Refugee Council
Country Denmark 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Each of the partners brings something different to the project - assistance with dissemination; advice regarding in-country conditions; assistance with dissemination; and internships. Our role is to source information for dissemination; produce queries that need answering; planning workshops and events; and sourcing students for internships.
Collaborator Contribution University of Palermo - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign Danish Refugee Council - RMMS: offering advice regarding in-country conditions/country of origin information MOAS - offering internships to Middlesex University students
Impact European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign; Living with Migration; 28 October 2015 http://www.europarlmt.eu/en/news_events/news/news_2014/news_nov/livingwithmigration.html
Start Year 2015
 
Description EVI-MED Partners 
Organisation European Parliament Information Office
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Each of the partners brings something different to the project - assistance with dissemination; advice regarding in-country conditions; assistance with dissemination; and internships. Our role is to source information for dissemination; produce queries that need answering; planning workshops and events; and sourcing students for internships.
Collaborator Contribution University of Palermo - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign Danish Refugee Council - RMMS: offering advice regarding in-country conditions/country of origin information MOAS - offering internships to Middlesex University students
Impact European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign; Living with Migration; 28 October 2015 http://www.europarlmt.eu/en/news_events/news/news_2014/news_nov/livingwithmigration.html
Start Year 2015
 
Description EVI-MED Partners 
Organisation Migrant Offshore Aid Station
Country Malta 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Each of the partners brings something different to the project - assistance with dissemination; advice regarding in-country conditions; assistance with dissemination; and internships. Our role is to source information for dissemination; produce queries that need answering; planning workshops and events; and sourcing students for internships.
Collaborator Contribution University of Palermo - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign Danish Refugee Council - RMMS: offering advice regarding in-country conditions/country of origin information MOAS - offering internships to Middlesex University students
Impact European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign; Living with Migration; 28 October 2015 http://www.europarlmt.eu/en/news_events/news/news_2014/news_nov/livingwithmigration.html
Start Year 2015
 
Description EVI-MED Partners 
Organisation University of Palermo
Department Faculty of Law
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Each of the partners brings something different to the project - assistance with dissemination; advice regarding in-country conditions; assistance with dissemination; and internships. Our role is to source information for dissemination; produce queries that need answering; planning workshops and events; and sourcing students for internships.
Collaborator Contribution University of Palermo - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - offering to host a dissemination event in late spring/early summer 2016 European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign Danish Refugee Council - RMMS: offering advice regarding in-country conditions/country of origin information MOAS - offering internships to Middlesex University students
Impact European Parliament Information Officer - hosted an event and social media campaign; Living with Migration; 28 October 2015 http://www.europarlmt.eu/en/news_events/news/news_2014/news_nov/livingwithmigration.html
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Research Programme 
Organisation Coventry University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Eight university projects from teams at Coventry, Durham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick, York universites were funded by the ESRC and DFID under the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. We have collaborated across the consortium on joint statements, special issues, other publications and further research bids.
Collaborator Contribution Editor of special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Coordinator of statement published in Open Democracy; co-investigator on forthcoming follow up bid.
Impact Submission, European Parliament Special Issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Open Democracy Statement
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Research Programme 
Organisation Durham University
Department Department of Anthropology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Eight university projects from teams at Coventry, Durham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick, York universites were funded by the ESRC and DFID under the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. We have collaborated across the consortium on joint statements, special issues, other publications and further research bids.
Collaborator Contribution Editor of special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Coordinator of statement published in Open Democracy; co-investigator on forthcoming follow up bid.
Impact Submission, European Parliament Special Issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Open Democracy Statement
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Research Programme 
Organisation Loughborough University
Department Department of Geography
PI Contribution Eight university projects from teams at Coventry, Durham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick, York universites were funded by the ESRC and DFID under the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. We have collaborated across the consortium on joint statements, special issues, other publications and further research bids.
Collaborator Contribution Editor of special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Coordinator of statement published in Open Democracy; co-investigator on forthcoming follow up bid.
Impact Submission, European Parliament Special Issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Open Democracy Statement
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Research Programme 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Department School of Law
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Eight university projects from teams at Coventry, Durham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick, York universites were funded by the ESRC and DFID under the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. We have collaborated across the consortium on joint statements, special issues, other publications and further research bids.
Collaborator Contribution Editor of special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Coordinator of statement published in Open Democracy; co-investigator on forthcoming follow up bid.
Impact Submission, European Parliament Special Issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Open Democracy Statement
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Research Programme 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Department of Politics and International Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Eight university projects from teams at Coventry, Durham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick, York universites were funded by the ESRC and DFID under the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. We have collaborated across the consortium on joint statements, special issues, other publications and further research bids.
Collaborator Contribution Editor of special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Coordinator of statement published in Open Democracy; co-investigator on forthcoming follow up bid.
Impact Submission, European Parliament Special Issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Open Democracy Statement
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Research Programme 
Organisation University of York
Department Centre for Applied Human Rights
PI Contribution Eight university projects from teams at Coventry, Durham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick, York universites were funded by the ESRC and DFID under the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. We have collaborated across the consortium on joint statements, special issues, other publications and further research bids.
Collaborator Contribution Editor of special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Coordinator of statement published in Open Democracy; co-investigator on forthcoming follow up bid.
Impact Submission, European Parliament Special Issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Open Democracy Statement
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Research Programme 
Organisation University of York
Department Department of Politics
PI Contribution Eight university projects from teams at Coventry, Durham, Loughborough, Middlesex, Queen Mary University of London, Warwick, York universites were funded by the ESRC and DFID under the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. We have collaborated across the consortium on joint statements, special issues, other publications and further research bids.
Collaborator Contribution Editor of special issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Coordinator of statement published in Open Democracy; co-investigator on forthcoming follow up bid.
Impact Submission, European Parliament Special Issue, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Open Democracy Statement
Start Year 2015
 
Description 'Group Specific Dimensions of Re-integration - Return and Reintegration in the Migration Context', Expert Forum, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Eschborn, Germany, 1 March 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 'Group Specific Dimensions of Re-integration - Return and Reintegration in the Migration Context', Expert Forum, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Eschborn, Germany, 1 March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 'The EU and the Migration Crisis', European Atlantic Group, House of Commons, 2 December 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The European-Atlantic Group, originally set up in 1954, is a non-aligned, all party interest group linked to Parliament. Members include current and former parliamentarians, diplomats, business people, professionals and those interested in delving deep into the underlying aspects of, predominantly, Defence and International Affairs. We usually hold our meetings in Westminster in order that Members from both Houses can attend. We also email all Embassies and High Commissions every month and often have Ambassadors/High Commissioners or their senior representatives attend our events. 'The EU and the Migration Crisis' was held on Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 in Committee Room Eleven, The House of Commons from 6.30 - 8.30pm when our guest speaker was His Excellency the Hungarian Ambassador, Mr Péter Szabadhegy. Professor Brad Blitz was also on the panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.eag.org.uk/content/about-us
 
Description 'The New Migration and Asylum Policy in Europe', Federal Trust with New Europeans, National Liberal Club, London, 16 November 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The conference, 'Not enough Europe in this Union? The new migration and asylum policy in Europe' was held in collaboration with The Federal Trust, to put the refugee crisis into perspective. Both experts and practitioners were invited to come together for a conference on the future of asylum and migration policies in Europe, and to provide pointers for how the strategic response of the EU and European states is likely to develop in the future. Professor Brad Blitz presented a paper at this conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://neweuropeans.net/event/782/new-migration-and-asylum-policy-europe-federal-trust-new-european...
 
Description EU Valletta Summit on Migration 11-12 November 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Valletta Summit on Migration held in Valletta, Malta, on 11-12 November, and brought together European and African heads of state or government in an effort to strengthen cooperation in the area of migration. The meeting, hosted by the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk included European Union representatives, 63 leaders from Africa and EU member states as well as a large number of international and regional organisations. Professor Brad Blitz attended the meeting and reported from it for TV Malta and LBC Radio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-summit/2015/11/11-12/
 
Description Imiscoe Spring Conference 2016 18-19 February 2016 - Copenhagen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Eleonore Kofman and Dr. Alessio D'Angelo, with Elizabeth Kirstoglou (Durham) contributed to the IMISCOE Spring Conference in Copenhagen presenting preliminary findings from their ESRC-funded 'EVI-MED' project. The session brought together two projects (funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council), currently working in parallel and investigating the Mediterranean migration crisis as this unfolds in three main locations, Sicily, Malta and the Eastern Aegean islands. Based on original quantitative and qualitative field-research we offered a critical comparative review of the technologies used to monitor migration in these regions. We focused on the procedures of screening, defining and categorising subjects and on their effects in the production of migrant/refugee subjectivities and taxonomies. The representation of subjects in terms of economic migrants/refugees, age, gender and kin relationships, has a bearing on the ways they are designated as being worthy of protection, or not, and recipients of resources from the state, NGOs and civil society. In addition, Alessio d'Angelo provided a 'critical map' of Sicily, discussing and visualising a rapidly evolving scenario and raising questions about the near future and lessons to be learned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://evimedresearch.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/imiscoe-spring-conference-2016/#more-52
 
Description Immigration and Refugee Policies, families and care in Europe, Migration, Care, Language and Identity, Reading University, 3 November 2016, Keynote by Eleonore Kofman 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Immigration and Refugee Policies, families and care in Europe, Migration, Care, Language and Identity, Reading University, 3 November 2016, Keynote by Eleonore Kofman
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'Conceptualising Return', Universities Responding to the Refugee Crisis, Paper presented at The 4th Conference of the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM), American University of Beirut, 6-7 November 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 'Conceptualising Return', Paper presented to Universities Responding to the Refugee Crisis, The 4th Conference of the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM), American University of Beirut, 6-7 November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://website.aub.edu.lb/ifi/ifi_alum/Pages/index.aspx
 
Description 'Living with Migration', European Parliament Information Office, Malta, 30 October 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Living with Migration' was the theme chosen for a conference held by the European Parliament office in Valletta, Malta on 30 October 2015. The conference included input by lead experts in the field, human experiences by Milos and Saleh two migrants endevouring to integrate in Malta and a panel of employers followed by a compte-rendu by MEPs on their efforts in shaping a re-dimensioned EU policy on migration. Professor Brad Blitz presented a paper at this conference and this was followed up by media interviews for local Maltese television.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.europarlmt.eu/en/news_events/news/news_2014/news_nov/livingwithmigration.html
 
Description 'Migration, Protection and Reception: the 'Crisis in the Mediterranean', SEESOX, St Anthony's College, University of Oxford, 15 October 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Scholars writing on migration in the European Union have called attention to the competing dynamics where Europe's borders have been softened and simultaneously hardened: internal borders have been removed while external border controls now limit and monitor the entry of non-Europeans. This softening/hardening is evident in the contest between effective border management and the protection of human rights, above all the right to asylum. What academic scholars have not recognised, however, is the differentiating and, at times, polarising effect that this dynamic has had on the provision of services, above all in matters of migrant reception. This paper presented by Professor Brad Blitz reports on a current project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and UK Department of International Development (DFID) which aims to conduct urgent data collection and essential analysis on the Mediterranean 'migration crisis' and to make findings swiftly available to policymakers, practitioners and the research community. This paper includes three case studies from Greece, Italy and Malta, providing an insight into the profiles, routes, experiences and plans of individual migrants and maps the 'reception systems' in these countries. This paper informs our understanding of the hardening and softening of borders within the European Union and the management of humanitarian protection in both countries of arrival and relocation within the European Union. This presentation generated a podcast, blog post and further research projects including collaboration on November conference organised by the New Europeans and Federal Trust in London; and a forthcoming conference in Greece in July 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/events/migration-protection-and-reception-crisis-mediterranean
 
Description 'Refugee Flows in Europe in the Last Decades & the European Response', The Refugee Crisis & the European Union's Response: Context, Management & Challenges, University of Barcelona, 18 July 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 'Refugee Flows in Europe in the Last Decades & the European Response', The Refugee Crisis & the European Union's Response: Context, Management & Challenges, University of Barcelona, 18 July 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'Refugees at Risk in Turkey and Calais', The Guardian, 27 July 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Letter in the Guardian
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/27/refugees-at-risk-in-turkey-and-calais
 
Description 'Rethinking Refugee Protection and Opportunities for Advocacy', Paper Presented at workshop hosted by Oxfam and Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 26 July 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 'Rethinking Refugee Protection and Opportunities for Advocacy', Paper Presented at workshop hosted by Oxfam and Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 26 July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/iga/assets/documents/events/2017/Universities-Responding-to-the-Refugee-Crisis-...
 
Description 'The Determinants of Humanitarian Policy: An Evaluation of Immigration and Foreign Policy Interests', Europe & its Neighborhoods, Geopolitics and Human Flows, Institute of International Relations, Panteion University & SEESOX, University of Oxford, International Summer Seminar, Tinos, 4 July 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 'The Determinants of Humanitarian Policy: An Evaluation of Immigration and Foreign Policy Interests', Europe & its Neighborhoods, Geopolitics and Human Flows, Institute of International Relations, Panteion University & SEESOX, University of Oxford, International Summer Seminar, Tinos, 4 July 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'The European Refugee 'Crisis' and the UK's Responsibilities', Liberal Democrat Conference, Seekers of Sanctuary, Bournemouth, 17 September 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 'The European Refugee 'Crisis' and the UK's Responsibilities',Talk to Liberal Democrat Conference, Seekers of Sanctuary, Bournemouth, 17 September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://libdemfocus.co.uk/ld4sos/archives/1162
 
Description 'The Long-Term Effects Of Forced Migration In Bosnia And Herzegovina, Serbia And Kosovo' Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, Geneva, 23 November 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 'The Long-Term Effects Of Forced Migration In Bosnia And Herzegovina, Serbia And Kosovo' Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, Geneva, 23 November 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 'The Past and present - Forced Migration in the Western Balkans Region', Conference on the Long-Term Effects Of Forced Migration In Bosnia And Herzegovina, Serbia And Kosovo -Gender Perspective Of Psychosocial Health Among Returnees, Refugees And Internally Displaced Persons, Hotel Europe, Sarajevo, 15 November 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 'The Past and present - Forced Migration in the Western Balkans Region', Conference on the Long-Term Effects Of Forced Migration In Bosnia And Herzegovina, Serbia And Kosovo -Gender Perspective Of Psychosocial Health Among Returnees, Refugees And Internally Displaced Persons, Hotel Europe, Sarajevo, 15 November 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.rrpp-westernbalkans.net/en/News/Conference-on-long-term-effects-of-forced-migration-.html
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC interview with Clive Bull, LBC News 97.3FM, LBC News 1152 AM, 20:01 and 19:51, 4 February 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact LBC Radio interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC interview with Nick Ferrari LBC News 97.3FM, 1152 AM, 08.10; 22 February 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media interview with LBC radio
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Clive Bull LBC News 7:16pm, 22 December 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Clive Bull (LBC News 7:16pm, 22 December)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Clive Bull (LBC News, 7:08pm, 11 November 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Clive Bull (LBC News, 7:08pm, 11 November 2015)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Clive Bull (LBC Radio, 7.36pm, 6 October 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brad Blitz LBC radio inteview with Clive Bull (LBC Radio, 7.36pm, 6 October 2015)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Ian Payne LBC News, 15:34 and 15:51, 27 December 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Ian Payne (LBC News, 15:34 and 15:51), 27 December
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Nick Ferrari (LBC Radio, 8.09am, 12 October 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Nick Ferrari (LBC Radio, 8.09am, 12 October 2015)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz LBC radio interview with Stig Abell, LBC News, 9:09am 29 November 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact LBC radio interview with Stig Abell (LBC News, 9:09am 29 November 2015)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz Sky News Interview 9.30 pm; 23 February 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media interview on Sky News
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brad Blitz TV interview - In Focus with Carl Arrindell, Islam Channel, 6 October 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TV interview in Focus with Carl Arrindell, Islam Channel, 6 October 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz TV interview - Sky News with Colin Brazier (Sky News, 10.43am, 8 October 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brad Blitz Sky News TV interview with Colin Brazier (Sky News, 10.43am, 8 October 2015)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Brad Blitz interview with LBC with Clive Bull, LBC News 7.08pm, 20 January 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brad Blitz LBC Radio interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brad Blitz interview with Nick Ferrari, LBC News 7.09am, 13 January 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact LBC Radio interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brad Blitz interview with Nick Ferrari, LBC News 97.3FM, 07:29, 28 January 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact LBC Radio interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Brad Blitz interview with Stig Abell, LBC News 97.3FM, 09:09, 24 January 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact LBC Radio interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CIDOB, Barcelona. Public presentation by Martin Baldwin-Edwards in series "What is Going on in the World?": What is Going on at the EU Borders? 12 December 2016. Live web broadcast. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact CIDOB, Barcelona. Public presentation in series "What is Going on in the World?": What is Going on at the EU Borders? 12 December 2016. Live web broadcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description DFID & ESRC Scenario roundtable - 9 February 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DFID & ESRC Scenario roundtable - 9 February 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description DFID & ESRC/Scenario roundtable - 9th February 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This roundtable discussion at ODI brought together academics and government officials from DFID, the Cabinet Office and FCO, as well as researchers from ESRC, Sussex and ODI, to talk through what the next year might hold for the migration crisis and what this means for our approach. While 3 different scenarios were offered forward by DFID, the discussion focussed around the first and most likely scenario, the 'Domino Effect'. Eleonore Kofman attended this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Ditchley Foundation Conference, Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed? 18-20 February 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed? Chair: The Rt Hon the Baroness Amos
Recent disturbing scenes in and around the Mediterranean have highlighted the huge challenges faced by Europe in general and the EU in particular in dealing with the challenges of migration. The tens of thousands risking their lives by desperately trying to cross into Europe from North Africa and Turkey have put under new strain current policies at national and EU level, and tested the concept of European solidarity to its limits and beyond. Franco-British relations are once again being damaged by thousands of immigrants gathered at Calais to try to cross into the UK. Routes from Turkey through the Balkans are also generating major political strains. Immigration has
become an even more toxic political question in many countries, feeding nationalism and populism, and in some cases Euroscepticism. The underlying paradox is that many countries in Europe will increasingly need significant levels of immigration as their working populations fall.
The reality is that, whatever the current economic and social problems of Europe, it offers dramatically better life chances for millions of people in the Middle East and North Africa affected by conflict, poverty and poor governance. The numbers of genuine refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and too many other countries of the region are swelled by economic migrants willing to risk death for a chance of a better future.
Once in Europe, the experience may be disappointing but the chances of forced return are small.Current policies are attempting to tackle the issues from many angles: dealing with the root causes of poverty and conflict; humanitarian aid on the spot for those who have fled their homes; measures to target people traffickers; interception of boats at sea to save lives; humane reception arrangements for those who successfully make the crossing; identification and separation of genuine asylum seekers; return of others to countries of origin;
burden-sharing between European countries and help for the countries in the front line. However,there seems little
current chance of reducing the flow, or of a political response including more generous relocation and resettlement policies. This raises some key questions.
Can the flow be reduced in the absence of peace settlements to the main conflicts, particularly Syria? Why is
diplomacy still struggling to make an impact here? Can Europe make enough of a difference to good governance and economic devel
opment in the affected countries (whose high population growth rates are making the problems worse) to persuade more people to stay where they are and,if so,how? How are patterns of migration likely to evolve in the next few years? Can more humane and ge
nerous resettlement arrangements, including fair and legitimate burden-sharing, and better legal ways of moving to Europe, be put in place without increasing the pull factors? How can Europe control immigration sufficiently to combat xenophobia and populis
m, and allow immigrants of choice to contribute to economic growth? Does the current situation threaten internal freedom of
movement within the EU, as national governments try to control their own borders? This conference will bring together politicians,
officials, experts and others from across Europe and more widely to examine the dilemmas and make policy recommendations in this most difficult of areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ditchley.co.uk/assets/media/Conference%20Description%20Europe%20and%20migratino.pdf
 
Description Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2015 - Launch event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Working with Middlesex University Erasmus partner Universita' degli Studi di Palermo, Alessio d'Angelo spoke at the Sicilian launch event of the migration yearbook "Dossier Statistico Immigrazione" (in Italian), edited by IDOS. The 2015 edition includes a chapter by Alessio D'Angelo on European migration trends and policies. The event provided an opportunity for networking with NGOs and legal associations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://evimedresearch.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/presentaz-dossier-15_palermo-def.pdf
 
Description LBC with Clive Bull LBC News 97.3FM, LBC News 1152 AM, 19:01 and 19:16, 29 February 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact LBC with Clive Bull LBC News 97.3FM, LBC News 1152 AM, 19:01 and 19:16, 29 February
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe - Expert Witness Panel on Freedom of Movement, London School of Economics, 21 January 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Commission consists of twelve policy-­oriented hearings at which leading experts have been sharing their views on the implications of the UK remaining or withdrawing as a member of the European Union. The format is 'Chatham-­House' style with guests by invitation only. The session on free movement and immigration included senior figures from a variety of fields to offer their views: some drawn from among academia, policy research, elected officials, the civil service and non-­governmental organisations. Afterwards, the conclusions of this and other hearings will form the basis of the LSE Commission Report on the Future of Britain in Europe, which is intended to be an authoritative contribution to the referendum debate. Professor Brad Blitz was invited as one of the panelists to advise the Commission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/LSE-Commission/LSE-Commission-on-the-Future-of-Britain-in-Eur...
 
Description Letter in the Economist 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 'Refugees Count', The Economist, 30 March 2017 Letter by Brad Blitz and Eleonore Kofman
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.economist.com/news/letters/21719756-scoxit-domino-theory-quantum-physics-refugees-inequal...
 
Description Refugee crisis or reception crisis? A critical analysis of migration flows and reception systems across the Mediterranean. Presentation by Alessio D'Angelo. 20 February 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Refugee crisis or reception crisis? A critical analysis of migration flows and reception systems across the Mediterranean. Alessio D'Angelo. 20 February 2017. Guest lecture at the University of Rome 'LUMSA'. Inaugural guest lecture for the 'Immigration Law' programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Report Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Multiple crises? The many faces of migration and reception systems in the Mediterranean.- Monday 19 June 2017; Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Between 2015 and 2016 more than one million people crossed the Mediterranean, Many fleeing war and persecution. The reception of refugees and migrants has been a major plank of EU policy. This event reports on the findings of the EVI-MED project, an 18 month study which seeks to map and evaluate reception systems in the Mediterranean.
Drawing upon survey data of 750 people in Greece, Italy, and Malta and interviews with migrants and a diverse range of national and international stakeholders, this event presents an independent systematic assessment of the ways in which the EU and its partners have sought to handle the reception of unprecedented numbers refugees and migrants and their responses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://evimedresearch.wordpress.com/
 
Description Restrictions on migration of family members and implications for family life, Migration and Families in Europe: National and Local Perspectives at a Time of Euroskepticism' Plenary speaker, 7-8 February 2017, Manchester University - plenary address by Eleonore Kofman 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Restrictions on migration of family members and implications for family life, Migration and Families in Europe: National and Local Perspectives at a Time of Euroskepticism' Plenary speaker, 7-8 February, Manchester University, plenary address by Eleonore Kofman
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Submission to European Parliament - High Level Conference on Managing Migration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Intervention before European Parliament - High Level Conference on Migration Management; sharing results of EVI-MED research project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://youtu.be/G2PIglnalo0
 
Description Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry on Human Trafficking and Separated Children 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Human Trafficking Foundation launched an inquiry into modern slavery and human trafficking - and more specifically, unaccompanied and separated minors in Europe.
The aim of the inquiry was to:

Assess the risk of trafficking and exploitation facing such unaccompanied and separated minors
Assess the alleged 'pull factor' to the UK (the suggestion that a route to the UK encourages traffickers)
Assess the ability and willingness of local authorities to accept more unaccompanied minors
Examine what action is required to better protect children from the risks of trafficking and exploitation
Examine the UK's response towards young people at risk in Europe who have sought refuge from countries in turmoil
Assess the impact of current policy on these risks
Make recommendations on future policy

The EVI MED research team submitted evidence to support this inquiry which resulted in a report launched on 13 July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/news/2017/nobody-deserves-live-way
 
Description Summer School - The Refugee Crisis & the European Union's Response: Context, Management & Challenges, University of Barcelona, 18 -23 July 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Summer School - The Refugee Crisis & the European Union's Response: Context, Management & Challenges, University of Barcelona, 18 -23 July 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Surveying Refugee Trajectories. An exploration of the diversity and complexity of the 'Central-Mediterranean' routes. Presentation by Alessio D'Angelo and Elio Tozzi. 17 February 2017. Conference paper at the IMISCOE Spring Conference, Middlesex University, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Surveying Refugee Trajectories. An exploration of the diversity and complexity of the 'Central-Mediterranean' routes. Presentation by Alessio D'Angelo and Elio Tozzi. 17 February 2017. Conference paper at the IMISCOE Spring Conference, Middlesex University, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The European 'refugee crisis' and refugee trajectories, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Acting Together, Talk by Eleonore Kofman, High Wycombe, 1 March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The European 'refugee crisis' and refugee trajectories, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Acting Together, Talk by Eleonore Kofman, High Wycombe, 1 March 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The migration crisis: is the whole world moving around and about to crash into Europe's borders?, talk by Eleonore Kofman, George Monoux School, Walthamstow, 12 June 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The migration crisis: is the whole world moving around and about to crash into Europe's borders?, talk by Eleonore Kofman, George Monoux School, Walthamstow, 12 June 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description • Mapping Migrant and Refugee Reception in the Mediterranean, Council for European Studies Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA, 14 April 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Council for European Studies Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA, 14 April 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ces.confex.com/ces/2016/webprogram/Paper12914.html
 
Description • Ditchley Foundation Conference, Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed? 18-20 February 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Expert conference held at the Ditchley Foundation entitled, Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed? 18-20 February 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ditchley.co.uk/conferences/future-programme