Workshop: What Drives Mixed Migration from the MENA Region?

The workshop will take place on 27 September 2017 at 10:30 – 12:30 at the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law headquarters in the Hague. It will start with an introduction of the project followed by a discussion on the context in which the migration process has taken place. We will deliver midterm findings of a case-study focussing on mixed migration from a range of MENA countries into the EU28.

The rest of the event will be reserved for round table discussion on the project and its findings. We hope to receive feedback on the results, allowing us to tailor future research more directly to the needs of key stakeholders, at policy and practice level. We hope to understand how these research findings can be turned into meaningful and impactful policy recommendations.

We value the experience, knowledge and expertise of all attendees. The workshop is open to anyone – migrant organisations and migrants themselves, diplomatic corps, UN agencies, NGOs etc.

Attendance is free. Please RSVP to by 25th September.

Our collective six-month research and policy project is based on the idea that while spikes in mixed migration are often referred to as ‘crises’, little is known about what leads individuals to choose to migrate, or on why they may have preferences over particular destinations. Particularly, little is known about the kinds of interventions and activities that can influence such decisions. This project contributes to closing this gap and looks at how net migration is influenced by a number of push and pull factors such as violence, development aid, and a range of economic and social variables. Findings will provide valuable information to on the drivers of mixed-migration and help policy makers design apt responses.

Our project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and led by ISDC – International Security and Development Center in Berlin, Germany. Researchers from SPARK; the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western ASIA (UN ESCWA); and the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).

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