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Mediterranean Migration Research Programme


The Mediterranean Migration Research Programme is an ESRC-funded programme that was launched in response to the on-going migration crisis in Europe. The ESRC has provided £1 million to support leading UK social scientists to conduct research with migrant and refugee populations who have entered Europe across the Mediterranean. Co-funded by the Department for International Development, the Mediterranean Migration Research Programme provides evidence to inform the development of policy and responses by governments, European agencies, and charities.

Eight projects from across the UK are being funded under the ESRC’s Urgency Grants Mechanism. This website collects and presents outputs, news, and events from all eight projects within the Programme.

For a brief overview of the eight projects that are part of the MMRP, see our Projects page.


4 May: Crossing The Med publishes its Final Project Report. Crossing The Med has also published an interactive on line map.

19 June: Bookings for the EVI-MED event titled: Multiple crises? The many faces of migration and reception systems in the Mediterranean are now open.

4 April: Bookings for the Crossing the Med Project's Launch Event in Brussels of its final report and online story map are now open. Find more information and register online here.

30 March: Nando Sigona from the MEDMIG project podcasts on migrant journeys hosted by MOAS

15 March: A Transitory Lives Workshop will be held at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London.

8 March: The MEDMIG Project has been shortlisted for the Guardian University Awards.

8 March: Hotspot Politics-or, when the EU state gets real, by the Transcapes Project is published in Political Geography.

28 February: The Who Are We? Project's programme at the Tate Modern is now available online, including events by the Crossing the Med Project on 14-15 March.

To see more recent news, please follow this link.

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Recent Research Outputs

To see all research outputs, follow this link.

Crossing the Mediterannean Sea by boat: Final Project Report

by Crossing the Mediterannean Sea by boat Project, 4 May 2017

Hotspot Politics- or, when the EU state gets real

by Joe Painter, Evie Papada, Anna Papoutsi and Antonis Vradis. Published in Political Geography, March 7, 2017.

Unauthorised migration beyond structure/agency? Acts, interventions, effects

by Vicki Squire, Crossing the Med Project. Published in Politics (early view online).

Border Control and the Precarious Lives of Migrants in Italy

MEDMIG Project, Border Criminologies, 12 December 2016

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Second Evidence Brief

Crossing the Med Project, 1 December 2016

Mediterranean Missing Project Film (Subtitles available: Arabic and Italian)

Mediterranean Missing Project. 30 November 2016

Flags flying up a Trial Must: reflections on the Hotspot Mechanism in Mytilene.

Transcapes Project, 8 November 2016

To see all publications, please take a look at the Outputs page.


To see more upcoming and past events, have a look at the MMRP calendar page.