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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EVI-MED team at the core of new MA Migration

The team of the research project EVI-MED (Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations) will play a major role in the recently launched MA Migration, Society and Policy at Middlesex University.

The teaching team of this postgraduate programme, lead by Dr. Alessio D’Angelo, includes Professor Eleonore Kofman, Professor Brad Blitz and Dr. Nicola Montagna, alongside other colleagues from the School of Law such as Dr. Anastasia Christou, Dr. Elena Vacchelli and Dr. Magali Peyrefitte.

For further information visit the MA Migration, Society and Policy webpage.

MA Migration

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Valletta Summit on Migration

11-12 November 2015

The Valletta Summit on Migration will be held in Valletta, Malta, on 11-12 November, and will bring together European and African heads of state or government in an effort to strengthen cooperation in the area of migration.

The meeting, hosted by the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk will include European Union representatives, 63 leaders from Africa and EU member states as well as a large number of international and regional organisations.

Professor Brad Blitz – who is currently leading on the ESRC-funded research project ‘EVI-MED’– will be attending the meeting and will report from it in the coming days.

In the meantime, for further information about the Valletta Summit you can visit the Valletta Summit official website.

Valletta Nov2015

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ESRC grant awarded for EVI-MED

Middlesex University has been given a research grant by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development to examine the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

The funding will be used to carry out urgent data collection in Greece, Italy and Malta, which will then swiftly be made available to policymakers, practitioners, migrant support organisations and the wider research community.

You can read the full press release on Middlesex University website:

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ESRC £1 million grant to fund research into migration crisis

In response to the on-going migration crisis the ESRC is providing £1 million to support leading UK social scientists to conduct research with migrant and refugee populations who have entered Europe across the Mediterranean.

Eight projects from across the UK are being funded under the ESRC’s Urgency Grants Mechanism. This is the first time the ESRC has activated this funding mechanism on a strategic basis, in response to a crisis.

Co-funded by the Department for International Development, the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme, which goes live today, will provide evidence to inform the development of policy and responses by governments, European agencies, and charities.

For further information visit the ESRC website:

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Welcome to EVI-MED

“EVI-MED – Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations” seeks to conduct urgent data collection and essential analysis on the Mediterranean migration crisis and to make these swiftly and publicly available to policymakers, practitioners, migrant community support organisations, and the research community.

This ESRC-funded research project is lead by Middlesex University with the support of national, international and local partners. For further information read the ‘about’ page.