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Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Mapping and Documenting Migratory Journeys and Experiences

About the project

The project produces a timely and robust evidence base as grounds for informing policy interventions developed under emergency conditions across the Mediterranean. It does so by assessing the impact of such interventions on those that they affect most directly: migrants or refugees themselves. The project undertakes such an assessment by engaging the journeys and experiences of people migrating, asking: What are the impacts of policy interventions on migratory journeys and experiences across the Mediterranean? How do refugees or migrants negotiate complex and entwined migratory and regulatory dynamics? In what ways can policy be re-shaped to address migrant deaths at sea? The project focuses on three EU island arrival points in Greece, Italy and Malta. Qualitative interview data, both textual and visual, is produced through an interdisciplinary participatory research approach. The project contributes: an interdisciplinary perspective on the legal and social implications of policy interventions in the region; a comparative perspective on migratory routes and methods of travel across the Mediterranean; a qualitative analysis of the journeys and experiences of refugees and migrants; and methodological insights into participatory research under emergency conditions.

Research Team

Dr Vicki Squire


Dr Dallal Stevens

Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams

Dr Angeliki Dimitriadi

Dr Maria Pisani


The project 'Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat: Mapping and documenting migratory journeys and experiences' got rewarded an ESRC Urgency Grant of 150K.

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