Mediterranean Migration Research Programme

Heaven Crawley from the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University spoke yesterday in Leicester – see


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.

The MEDMIG project set out to better understand these migration dynamics as part of the ‘Mediterranean Migration Research Programme’ established through the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) £1 million ‘Urgency Grant’, co-funded by the Department for International Development.

Drawing on the voices and experiences of those who made the journey and a rich understanding of EU and Member States responses to this multi-faceted migration flow, the project provides a framework for understanding these unprecedented levels of migration and loss of life in the Mediterranean.

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The Team

The Team

Our international team has conducted the first large-scale comparative study of the backgrounds, experiences, aspirations and routes of migrants in four European countries in the Mediterranean region – Italy, Greece, Malta and Turkey.

The project was led by Professor Heaven Crawley at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, with a team of leading migration scholars from the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Sussex as well as academic partners and international, governmental and non-governmental organisations from across Europe.

This will be an interesting read: ‘Unravelling Europe’s ‘migration crisis’: journeys over land and sea’ 1 Dec 2017 by Heaven Crawley,‎ Franck Duvell,‎ Katharine Jones,‎ Simon McMahon,‎ Nando Sigona.