MAGYC : An Important "Horizon 2020" Project on European Migration Policies

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The Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège (Belgium) has just secured funding from the European Commission for an important research project on European migration policies in the aftermath of the "refugee crisis".


he MAGYC project – Migration Governance and Asylum Crises – will explore how European migration policies are influenced by political crises triggered by migration. At a time when such policies are heavily contested across European member-states, and when asylum seems more threatened than ever, this project is critically important to improve our understanding of how migration policies are formulated and shaped by a context of crisis.

A project that stems from the European research programme "Horizon 2020"

This project gathers 13 partners, and will be coordinated by the Hugo Observatory. Partners come from diverse European countries, as well as from Lebanon and Turkey. The budget of the project is around 3.2 million euros, spread over four years. The project has been selected through a competitive process, in the framework of the "Horizon 2020" European research programme.

"Coordinating this project is a major responsibility, despite the Hugo Observatory being established less than two years ago, noted François Gemenne, Director of the Observatory. Migration policies are clearly the decisive issue for the EU right now". Caroline Zickgraf, Deputy Director of the Observatory, added that "This project will structure the future works of the Observatory, which will now also address migration policies. We are eager to start the work with our twelve partners – this is a fantastic consortium."

The 13 partners of the project

University of Liège (BE), Sciences Po (FR), University of Economics in Bratislava (SK), University of Bern (CH), University of Milan (IT), Norwegian Refugee Fund (NO), School of Oriental and African Studies (UK), University of Lund (SW), University of Macedonia (GR), German Institute of Global and Area Studies (DE), Sabanci University (TR), Lebanese American University (LB), National Centre for Scientific Research (FR).

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