Is What We Hear About Migration Really True? Questioning Eight Migration Stereotypes

Immigration has polarised European politics for decades. There have been defenders and opponents of migration into Europe, and it has often been the matter of acrimonious debate. In recent years, however, the dispute between the two groups often seems to have largely vanished. If the opinion that migration is a threat rather than an asset prevails, there is a risk that European States will forego the benefits of immigration. In doing so, it will undermine Europe’s recovery from the crisis and, ultimately, its position of importance in the world. However, if the consensus shifts and European societies come to see migration as a dynamic and positive force, then migration and migrants can and will help these societies better prepare for future challenges. In this volume, which is accompanied by a booklet summarising its contents, MPC’s experts re-think eight migration stereotypes in the light of MPC’s research and broader academic scholarship.
The volume and the booklet were presented to the press in Brussels in the presence of the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ms Cecilia Malmström on 11 July 2014.

Press release of the European Commission

A European Commissioner for Migration?

Reflecting on... by Philippe Fargues

On 30 June, 45 corpses were found asphyxiated in the hold of a fishing boat that was smuggling 600 migrants and asylum seekers to the shore of Sicily. The Mediterranean has become the most dangerous route to Europe and the Achilles’ heel of its migration system. [ read more ]

Non, l'Europe ne doit pas se fermer à l'immigration ! Sa prospérité en dépend (Le Monde, 14-07-2014)

Le directeur du Centre d'études des politiques migratoires réagit à la proposition de Jean-Claude Juncker de nommer un commissaire européen à l'immigration. [ read more ]


The war engulfing Syria today has now entered its fourth year. It has caused untold destruction within the country and sent more than 2.8 million refugees abroad in search of shelter. This flow shows no sign of abating and has important consequences for both Syria’s neighbouring countries and the European Union. MPC Director Philippe Fargues sat down with us on 27 June to discuss the continuing flow of refugees out of Syria, and the dynamics that cause some of these refugees to try and make it to Europe. He also discusses how the rise of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) might affect the Syrian refugee crisis today.

  • The Continuing Flow
    Philippe Fargues, interviewed by Cameron Thibos
  • Jihadistan?
    Philippe Fargues, interviewed by Cameron Thibos
  • The Way to Europe
    Philippe Fargues, interviewed by Cameron Thibos

Prof. Philippe Fargues speaks to Al Jazeera TV and Radio Vatican following the wreckage off the Libyan coast on Sunday 11 May 2014

Following the discovery on Sunday 11 May 2014 of 36 drowned migrants, who were attempting to reach the Libyan coast from Sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. Philippe Fargues (Director of the Migration Policy Centre) spoke to Al Jazeera television (in English) and Radio Vatican (in French). Libya is considered to be the preferred crossing point for African migrants wanting to reach the EU, and Prof. Fargues sheds light on the challenges and solutions to the situation.

Philippe Fargues' interview at Al Jazeera television (in English)


Podcast of Philippe Fargues' interview at Radio Vatican
(in French)


The Migration Policy Centre based at the European University Institute, Florence, conducts advanced research on global migration to serve migration governance needs at the European level, from developing, implementing and monitoring migration-related policies to assessing their impact on the wider economy and society.

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Philippe Fargues, Keynote lecture at the 7th Migration & Development Conference, Oxford Univerity, 30 June 2014

INTERACT Consortium Meeting

  • The INTERACT survey: Studying integration as a 3-way process
    Anne Unterreiner, Research Assistant to the INTERACT project at the Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI
  • The governance of integration
    Maria Vincenza Desiderio, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute Europe
  • Measuring and comparing integration
    Sona Kalantaryan, Research Assistant to the INTERACT project at the Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI national debate interviews

  • Philippe Fargues, Director of the Migration Policy Centre: “The Mediterranean, a problem or an opportunity?”
  • Alessandra Venturini, Vicedirettrice del Migration Policy Centre e Professore di Politica Economica all’Università degli Studi di Torino: “L’integrazione degli immigrati, una priorità”

Debrief: CONTENTION Kick-off Meeting

Director's Welcome

by Philippe Fargues

Migration is the result of an imperfect world, wracked by inequalities, a world that sets people on the move. All nations have migrants, either emigrants or immigrants, and generally both, who represent, at the same time, a hope and a worry with regard to major societal issues such as progress, welfare, cohesion, security and rights...

Read the Director's Welcome