Migration and mobility: a key for the EU to win the hearts and minds of Ukrainians

The Ukrainian political crisis over the EU association agreement stands as the most painful reminder of the unresolved issues that will determine the future of Europe in its geographical borders. Ukrainian society is deeply divided about the country's future international alignment: while a short majority is in favour of having closer relations with the EU, the other part of the population supports closer links with Russia, instead. The direction that Ukraine will take depends on many factors. Mobility and migration issues between the biggest Eastern European country and the European Union are particularly important in this respect. People-to-people contacts determine cultural and mental affinity, create understanding and help 'build bridges'. If the EU wants to win the hearts and minds of all Ukrainians and promote its democratic model, it should act boldly and change geographical dynamics, spurring more mobility from Ukraine towards the EU.
So what is the reality of migration and mobility between the EU and Ukraine today and what should be done?

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Migrants smuggled by sea to the EU: facts, laws and policy options

On 3 October 2013, 366 migrants drowned when their boat sank less than a mile off the shore of the Italian island of Lampedusa. A number of questions must be addressed in finding the best policy response to this tragedy. Was it the sign of a new trend in irregular migration to the EU; or was it a sign of increased risks associated with smuggling? Do smuggled migrants resemble regular asylum seekers and migrants or do they represent a specific group? In other words do the Lampedusa events call for a drastic revision of EU asylum and migration policy or an ad hoc response?

Articles have been written on this research in the newspaper La Repubblica and on ANSAmeds website.

EU Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The interactive map on 'EU Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis' provides information on the recent political and humanitarian actions of the European Union and of EU Member States, in addition to Norway and Switzerland, regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. By clicking on each individual country, one can access detailed information on: the numbers of Syrians seeking asylum; the financial amount of humanitarian aid pledged or provided; recent political actions taken in regards to the Syrian conflict; and recent humanitarian efforts to provide assistance to those affected.

Migration Profiles

The MPC Migration Profiles provide an overview of demographic, economic, legal and sociopolitical aspects shaping migration in the country.

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10th Migration Summer School

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10th Migration Summer School
Framing Migration Differently: From Implicit Problem to Implied Asset

Monday 23 June-Friday 4 July

How would migration look from a legal, economic, demographic or sociological perspective?

International migration has become an all-important issue for the world as a whole, and for the European Union and its neighbourhood in particular. If you are interested in studying migration from a number of different disciplinary perspectives, critically interrogating some of the subtle assumptions underlying much contemporary academic, political and media debate on migration and re-framing how we view and speak about migration, why not join the 10th Migration Summer School?

The call for applications is now open for the 10th Migration Summer School: Framing Migration Differently: From Implicit Problem to Implied Asset, which will take place in Florence, Italy from Monday 23 June until Friday 4 July 2014.


INTERACT Consortium Meeting

INTERACT Consortium Meeting

14-15 April 2014

The meeting will gather the INTERACT projects' partners and will be dedicated to the discussion of the results of the on-going work on the project. In particular, during the meeting, the consortium will discuss the first survey results, the state of play of the statistical analysis and the corridor reports.

The INTERACT project looks at the ways governments and non-governmental institutions in origin countries, including the media, make transnational bonds a reality, and have developed tools that operate economically (to boost financial transfers and investments); culturally (to maintain or revive cultural heritage); politically (to expand the constituency); legally (to support their rights).

Neighbourhood Migration Report

EU Neighbourhood Migration Report 2013

This report covers migration in 18 EU neighbouring countries, including: Algeria; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Egypt; Georgia; Jordan; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Moldova; Morocco; Palestine; Russia; Syria; Tunisia; Turkey and Ukraine.

Each country report provides the most recent and up-to-date data and analysis on demographic, legal, and socio-political aspects of both inward and outward migration stocks and flows.

Regional Migration Report

Regional Migration Report: South Caucasus

Human mobility in the South Caucasus is a dynamic phenomenon that has been changing social, economic and even political realities there. The three countries considered in the present report, namely, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, have been through very different post-communist transitions, which have influenced the conditions for short- and long-term migration to, from and across their territories. South Caucasus is a region of relatively high instability with frozen conflicts and constant geopolitical struggles. Each political decision naturally influences migration dynamics: the volume, the character and, of course, the direction. The present report testifies to this ever changing reality and offers a solid basis for understanding its dynamics. It gathers the fruits of over two years work carried out by the CARIM-East network of correspondents. It proposes a collection of informative chapters on various migration topics, developed from three perspectives: demographic, legal and socio-political.


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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Recent Publications

Ukraine’s key migration challenges and opportunities

Project: Eastern Neighbourhood

By CARIM-East team

Background Paper – Tre aspetti cruciali per comprendere il futuro delle migrazioni internazionali nell’unione europea

Project: MPC Policy Briefs

By Sara Bonfanti, Anna Di Bartolomeo, Philippe Fargues, Sona Kalantaryan, Alessandra Venturini

Indian Migration to Belgium

Project: India

By Sara Cosemans,Idesbald Goddeeris

Demography, Migration and Labour Market in Saudi Arabia

Project: Gulf Migration

By Françoise De Bel-Air

Reintegration Practices in Post-Soviet States

Project: Eastern Neighbourhood

By Irina Isaakyan

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

Politically.eu 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

MISMES Project Interviews

  • Iván Martín: "Research on Migrant Support Measures from an Employment and Skills Perspective"
  • Shushanik Makaryan: "Preliminary conclusions of the General Inventory of MISMES"
  • Anastasia Fetsi, Ummuhan Bardak: "The origins of the MISMES project and the EU Mobility Partnerships with neighbouring countries"