Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations

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Refugee reception and humanitarian protection in Greece and Italy: evidence from the ground

June 22nd, Thessaloniki, Greece

“EVI-MED – Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations” seeks to conduct data collection  of migrant flows and experiences of the reception system  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 seminar presents initial results from the EVI-MED project after the first wave of surveys in Greece and Italy and seeks to situate it within the wider context of asylum policy, humanitarian assistance and the reception system in Greece.

To see the full programme and to book a place, visit the EventBrite page.

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Scholars support UN Refugee Global Compact: open letter

A number of academics involved in the ESRC Mediterranean migration research programme – including the EVI-MED team – have signed a letter in support of the UN Refugee Global Compact. The document has been published on OpenDemocracy.

To read click here.


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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.