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Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat

This international project comprised Warwick researchers working with the University of Malta and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. It led to a rigorous, evidence-based assessment of EU migration policies based on in-depth qualitative research.

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Dangerous journeys

Despite the European Union’s announcement of A European Agenda on Migration in 2015, precarious forms of migration - culminating in fatalities at sea - continue to rise. More than 3,700 people died during their perilous journeys across the Mediterranean in 2015, rising to over 5,000 in 2016. The project provided an evidence-based assessment of EU policies, based on in-depth research carried out directly with those crossing the Mediterranean by boat.

Creating an evidence-based assessment

The project focused directly on the impact of policies upon people on the move, drawing together policy analysis and observational fieldwork with an in-depth analysis of qualitative interview data with people making – or contemplating making – the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. The research found that if the EU is to play an effective role in finding ways forward from the refugee crisis, policy developments need to be grounded in an appreciation of – and responsiveness to – the journeys and experiences, as well as the understandings, expectations, concerns and demands of people on the move. Read more...


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