Europe’s response to the so-called ‘migration crisis’ has
been driven almost exclusively by a border control agenda.
This has significantly reduced the number of refugees and
migrants arriving in Greece, for the time being at least,
but has done nothing to address the drivers or causes of
migration to Europe, including the movement of people
from Libya which continues unabated, or the protection
and integration needs of those who are already here.
The research aims to:
• Shed light on the dynamics (determinants, drivers
and infrastructures) underpinning the recent
unprecedented levels of migration across, and loss of
life in, the Mediterranean;
• Provide insights into the interaction of refugees
and migrants with a multitude of non-State actors
(for example smugglers, facilitators, and Non-
Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and State actors
(for example, the navy / coastguard) in order to better
understand their decision making processes; and
• Explore how the decisions made by refugees
and migrants on their journeys interact with
dramatically changing global economic, security
and political contexts.