Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations
EVI-MED is an independent research project on the migration routes in the Mediterranean Sea. The research, coordinated by Middlesex University London and financed by the Economic and Social Research Council, is undertaken in Sicily, Greece and Malta thanks to collaboration with various local partners.
Borderline Sicily is the partner responsable for Sicily, while the Greek Council for Refugees and People for Change Foundation are those for Greece and Malta respectively. The project is assisted through partnerships with the University of Palermo and the University of Thessaloniki.
Between 2015 and 2017, EVI-MED gathered data in order to conduct an analysis on the “migation crisis” in the Mediterranean, and make it collectively available: for political decision makers, professionals, organisations which protect and support migrants, and the academic community.
The research drew on a range of research methods and tools, including:
• Gathering and analysing the broad range of statistical data available on migratory flows, including official statistics drawn from international organisations.
• Interviewing recently arrived migrants in Sicily, Greece and Malta through individual and anonymous questionairres, based mainly on migrants’ projects, the experience of the journey and their future plans.
• More far-reaching interviews, both with migrants and with key figures in the vast panorama of the reception system for asylum seekers.
The results of the research were summarised in an initial report and have then been preented at a range of events held in the different partner countries. The results have also inspired various further meetings (Palermo, July 2016 and June 2017, and Catania, September 2017), aimed as a meeting between experts, researchers, workers in the field and people in reception centres for various reasons.