In the first six months of 2015 more than 100,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean, arriving at the shores of southern Europe in search of protection or a better life. In the same period more than 1,800 people lost their lives, drowning as overloaded and often unseaworthy boats sank into the sea. By the end of 2015, this had risen to the unprecedented figure of one million arrivals and nearly 4,000 recorded deaths.
Much has been said by politicians and policy makers about the causes of the current migration crisis and the reasons why people move, but there is very little systematic analysis of the dynamics of migration in the region or the complex factors that influence the decisions made by individual migrants and the journeys that they take.
The project is part of the ‘Mediterranean Migration Research Programme’ which has been established through the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) £1 million ‘Urgency Grant’ and is co-funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). Findings will be used to inform the development of policy and responses by governments, European agencies, and charities.
Read more about the project by following the links below.