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The ‘Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat’ Final project report is available

This report provides a unique, in-depth analysis of the impact of EU policies in addressing the so-called European migration or refugee ‘crisis’ in 2015 and 2016. Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat undertook 257 in-depth qualitative interviews with a total of 271 participants across seven sites in two phases: Kos, Malta and Sicily from September-November 2015, and Athens, Berlin, Istanbul and Rome from May-July 2016.

Uniquely, the project focused directly on the impact of policies upon people on the move, drawing together policy analysis and observational fieldwork with in-depth analysis of qualitative interview data from people making – or contemplating making – the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. The  project also provides the first detailed assessment of policies associated with A European Agenda on Migration in terms of policy effects both across routes (eastern and central Mediterranean) and over time (2015 and 2016). The findings and analysis summarised in this report are presented with the aim of informing academics, journalists but also policy makers involved in the design and implementation of the management of irregular migration.

Companion to the report is the interactive story map, which allows the reader to retrace the journey as it unfolded; the routes and main stages as they are documented in the interviews with participants ! Follow the link and begin the journey through the Mediterranean Sea.

The project is awarded to the University of Warwick and PI Associate Professor Vicki Squire (PaIS, Warwick); Co-Is are Dr.Angeliki Dimitriadi (ELIAMEP), Dr Dallal Stevens (Law, Warwick), Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams (PaIS, Warwick), and Dr.Maria Pisani (University of Malta). The project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, as part of the Urgency Grant Mediterranean Migration Research Programme: Grant Number ES/N013646/1

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