27 Sep

Workshop: What Drives Mixed Migration from the MENA Region?

Organized by:SPARK
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SPARK and ISDC's 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 the decisions that lead to individuals choosing to leave a country of origin, 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 directly addresses these questions. It looks at how net migration is influenced by a number of push and pull factors, including: violence, the development aid landscape, and a range of economic and social variables. In turn, this will provide valuable information to practitioners and policymakers on the drivers of episodes of mixed-migration and on how to design suitable policy responses.

The workshop will take place 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. The event will present 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. The project partners hope to recieve feedback on the results, allowing them to tailor future research more directly to the needs of key stakeholders, at policy and practice level. Ultimately, the project partners 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.

Attendence is free. Please RSVP to myroslava.purska@isd-center.org by 25th September.

This project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and led by ISDC – International Security and Development Center in Berlin, Germany.

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Zeestraat 100, 2518 AD, The Hague, Netherlands