Drawing on the experiences and voices of the women and men who arrived in Europe during 2015 to better understand the ‘crisis’.
What is it like to travel to Europe over land and sea in order to secure a future for yourself and your family? Why are so many people willing to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean? What are their hopes and fears? And why is Europe, one of the richest regions of the world, unable to cope?
Drawing on compelling first-hand accounts from 500 people who arrived on the shores of Europe in 2015, this important new book unpacks their routes, experiences and decisions. It provides a framework for understanding the dynamics underpinning recent unprecedented levels of migration across, and loss of life in, the Mediterranean, casting new light on the ‘migration crisis’ and challenging politicians, policy makers and the media to rethink their understanding of why and how people move.
The book has been co-authored by the MEDMIG team and received positive reviews from some of the leading experts on international migration.
“The most insightful publication currently available on one of the most crucial issues of our times. Beautifully written, powerfully argued and profoundly compassionate, it will further enhance the impact of the research it is based on. It deserves to be very widely read.”
Michael Collyer, University of Sussex
“Essential reading for all scholars of migration and refugees. Through expansive and original interviews with 500 people on the move, this book illustrates the routes people take to Europe, the reasons they take them, and the extraordinary challenges they face along the way.”
Jennifer Hyndman, York University, Canada
‘Who better than this powerful team of leading UK-based academics to analyse and explain the human stories behind the so called ‘migration crisis’ of the Mediterranean? Essential for academics and policy makers alike, this book provides a new and original interpretation of contemporary migration processes to Europe.’
Roger Zetter, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
“In the face of the most serious crisis of forced displacement since WW2, this detailed study provides critically important information and analysis.”
Iain Levine, Deputy Executive Director for Program, Human Rights Watch
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