MEDMIG research has been cited by the New York Times Continue reading
The MEDMIG team, led by Coventry University, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award by The Guardian for the impact of its research shedding light on the dynamics of Europe’s migration crisis.
The ‘Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis’ project is up for an accolade in the research impact category of the Guardian University Awards, whose winners will be announced at a ceremony on March 29.
The team – led by Professor Heaven Crawley from the university’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – spent time in Italy, Greece, Malta and Turkey interviewing 500 people who crossed the Mediterranean in 2015, as part of the first large-scale study of the backgrounds, experiences, aspirations and routes of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe.
The project team reported in November that there were “flawed” and “deeply politicised” assumptions by European governments about the reasons why people moved, and that states were contributing to the crisis by blaming people smugglers – rather than conflict and human rights abuses in countries such as Syria, Libya, Iran, Eritrea and Afghanistan – for increased migration.
According to the findings, Europe’s failure to open up safe and legal routes to asylum, and a focus on border security, actually drove demand for smugglers, who became the only option for those trying to enter countries which could offer protection.
The study – which also involved academics from the universities of Oxford and Birmingham, and research partners in each of the case study countries – brought clarity and evidence to a divisive and complex political situation, and the researchers are now in discussion with the European Commission about using the findings to inform and develop policy.
Professor Crawley said:
“We’re delighted that our research is attracting attention not only from EU policymakers and member states, but also – through this nomination – from our peers within the higher education sector.
“Much has been said by politicians about the causes and complexities of the migration crisis, but our study provides the first in-depth analysis of the dynamics of migration in the Mediterranean region. We will continue to work with a range of stakeholders to ensure that it has real impact in influencing policy at the highest levels.”
The full Guardian University Awards shortlist is available here.
DW (Deutch Welle) website covers the MEDMIG study in the article published November 4th. The article reports of the dangers of the aims of European migration policies to keep migrants out, drawing on the MEDMIG final report. According to the figures from the UN Refugee Agency, 2016 has been the deadliest year so far for migrants’ attempts to cross the Mediterranean. A short video features also comments from the UN Geneva Director General who states, the crisis is a global, not a European problem.
The article can be viewed here.
The Iran Daily website covers the MEDMIG final report in an article published on 4th of November. The article includes details of the MEDMIG research project and emphasises the role of European governments in the increase of people smuggling due to the lack of legal alternatives for leaving countries or finding safety and protection within them.
The article can be viewed here.
Sputnik News covers the MEDMIG final report in this article published 3rd of November. The website also includes a short interview Professor Heaven Crawley gave to Radio Sputnik, in which Heaven highlights some of the contradictions of European migration policy. The efforts to make the routes safer have forced smugglers to seek alternative ways to use the existing routes, often leading to higher risks to the migrants.
The article and the interview can be accessed here.
In 2015 an estimated 1,011,712 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in search of safety and a better life. The MEDMIG final report examines in detail the dynamics of this migration and ways forward for policy. Continue reading
European governments have contributed to the European ‘migration crisis’ by blaming people smugglers, rather than conflict, for increased migration to Europe. The failure to open up safe and legal routes to protection and the focus on border security has actually driven demand for the smugglers, a major new academic research project concludes today. Continue reading
Today an in-depth exclusive on the MEDMIG project’s findings has been published by The Independent titled ‘Refugee crisis: European leaders blamed for record high deaths in the Mediterranean‘ Continue reading
The Turkish news website Anadolu Agency covers the MEDMIG final report in this article published November 2nd. The article includes a series of quotes from Professor Heaven Crawley in relation to European migration policy and the political agenda related to immigration. Heaven mentions the difficulties of integration and points out that deaths and the use of human traffickers is increasing, which indicates the failure of the response to the refugee crisis.
The article can be viewed here (in Turkish).
DeMorgen, the Belgian newspaper covers the MEDMIG final report in this article published November 2nd. Using the exclusive article published by The Independent as a source, DeMorgen highlights that the various operations aiming to control the ‘refugee crisis’ have triggered the use of smaller and less seaworthy vessels for trafficking people across the Mediterranean.
The article can be viewed here (in Dutch).