Europe

The lack of good job opportunities at home drives millions of people to seek work abroad and can discourage migrants from considering returning to their home countries. In pursuing better jobs and economic opportunties, migrants often end up in situations of trafficking, modern slavery and irregular mirgrant status.  Vulnerabilities begin at the earliest stages of …

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Seefar’s pilot remote migration communications campaign in Turkey and Serbia has resulted in over one third of transit migrants making safer and more informed migration decisions after receiving a consultation on the risks and realities of irregular migration.  The campaign, On The Move, ran from April to December 2020 and was aimed at informing transit …

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This paper demonstrates the power of a country’s brand name in attracting and repelling people considering irregular migration – a dynamic we label your “brand impact”. Four out of five European countries show a clear positive or negative effect in a test designed to isolate the influence of the country’s name. For countries engaged in …

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The Asylum Coalition Index (ACI) uses machine learning to group European governments according to shared priorities on irregular migration and asylum. By identifying where two or more European countries share an origin country of concern, governments have the information they need to build strategic partnerships.The ACI is created using an automated tool called “k-means clustering.” …

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For more than four years, we have been interviewing a panel of Iranians planning and executing irregular migration. Our latest report is Refugee Integration in Europe: Life and other Plans among Iranian Irregular Migrants Settling in Europe. More than 25% of the people we found in Iran with a plan to migrate irregularly in 2014 have now …

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European Union cooperation with Turkey and Libya and the family separation crisis in the United States show global failures in reconciling ‘tough’ border policies with every child’s right to live free from violence and exploitation. Many child protection measures in Western destination countries do not address children’s needs before or during difficult journeys. Effective and …

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Afghanistan presents a complex migration context in which large numbers of Afghans set out on dangerous journeys to Europe. While there is a significant body of migration research in Afghanistan, existing research tends to focus on high-level, structural drivers of migration. Little is known about how migration decision-making evolves over time for those who intend on leaving. To address …

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Even as forced and voluntary returns from Europe and elsewhere increase, many in Afghanistan continue to plan new irregular journeys. Although there is more research on migration in Afghanistan than ever, still little is known on exactly how and why decisions to migrate are reached. Migrants continue to feel the potential rewards of reaching their …

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Seefar built on its work with Iraqi Kurds by recently completing a mixed-methods research project in Iraq and Greece focussed on Iraqi Kurd migrants. The aim of this latest research was to understand:  The location and intentions of pockets of Iraqi Kurd and Arab migrants, Their motivations and what influences their decision-making processes, Destination preferences, andRelevant protection …

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