Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations

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MMRP Policy Briefings

Three online policy briefings have been published by the ESRC-funded Mediterranean Migration Research Programme (MMRP). Informed by the findings of the eight project part of the programme – including Middlesex University’s EVI-MED – the policy briefings can be downloaded from the links below:

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Multiple crises? EVI-MED event

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.

To download the programme click here

To download the first EVI MED report click here

For further information and to book a free place: https://evi-med.eventbrite.co.uk

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IMISCOE Spring Conference 2017

The 2017 edition of the IMISCOE Spring conference will take place at Middlesex University on 17 February 2017. The extensive programme includes a presentation (by A. D’Angelo and E. Tozzi) of preliminary results of the EVI-MED survey with over 700 recently arrived migrants in the reception systems across the Mediterranean.
For information about the conference visit: https://mdxmigration.wordpress.com

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Remembering the Refugee Crisis

Twelve months on from one of the deadliest shipwrecks in modern times, we need to re-think the role memory should play when dealing with the ‘refugee crisis’.

Almost exactly a year ago, on the night of 18/19 April 2015, over 800 migrants died in the Mediterranean’s worst shipwreck of modern times. An Egyptian-flagged boat was travelling between the north of Libya and the Italian island of Lampedusa when it launched a distress call. Tragically, the boat capsized after colliding with the Portuguese merchant ship which had come to its rescue. Many of the people on board, mainly African and Bangladeshi migrants, and including young children, were locked in the hull. Only 28 young men survived and just 58 bodies were recovered – all the others are still technically ‘missing’, most unnamed. Operations to recover and try to identify them will start only this month, as recently confirmed by the Italian government.

As the anniversary of the disaster approaches, it is important to remember the people who lost their lives that night, and with them all the others who died and went missing at sea over recent weeks, months and years trying to reach Europe.

Continue reading Alessio D’Angelo’s latest blog on Middlesex Minds.


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Refugees on the Move

21-22 April 2016, Barcelona

This event – organised by CER-Migracions, Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – bring together contributions from a range of disciplines to look at the different ways in which ‘refugees on the move’ are understood as part of a larger processes of change regarding mobilities in the Mediterranean region.

Within the conference, Dr. Alessio D’Angelo will present emerging findings from the research project EVI-MED, focusing on: “Reception crisis. Theory and practice of refugee accommodation in Italy”.

For further information about this event and to book a place click here.


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European Migration Policy – A Moving Target by Brad Blitz

ElgarBlog from Edward Elgar Publishing

9781781955833Following the meeting in Brussels on Monday 7th March, the European Union Member States put forward a plan intended to end irregular migration to the EU. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, went as far as to say that the days of irregular migration to the EU are over, just as the European Union bent to the demands of Turkey and held out the promise of visa-free travel within the Schengen area by the summer. Brad Blitz goes on to discuss further.

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BSA Annual Conference 2016


The theme for the 2016 British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference is:  Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting.  The conference will take place at Aston University (Birmingham) from 6-8 April 2016.

Within the conference, which includes a stream on ‘Race, Ethnicity & Migration’, Dr. Alessio D’Angelo will present emerging findings from the ESRC-funded project EVI-MED (Constructing and Evidence Base of Contemporary Mediterranean Migrations).

The paper will be presented on April 6th at 3:30 pm.
The full conference programme is available online on the BSA 2016 conference website.