Middle East and North Africa

The Syrian conflict has displaced millions and continues to be one of the world’s most urgent humanitarian emergencies. By the end of 2017, Turkey had registered over 3.4 million Syrian refugees. Today, refugees face discrimination and rising tension with host communities, restricted movement within Turkey, and sharp protection vulnerabilities. Their immediate needs and future aspirations …

Return, Stay, or Migrate? Understanding the Aspirations of Syrian Refugees in Turkey Read More »

In 2016 Seefar completed a project in North Africa and the Horn of Africa to assist Eritrean migrants to make more informed decisions about onward migration. This was a communications project conducted in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Libya. It delivered counselling services and information in person to several thousand migrants in transit and in total reached almost 200,000 migrants. The campaign involved direct counselling …

Eritrea Network Read More »

When migrant boats sank off the coast in 2014 and 2015 and dozens of bodies arrived on its beaches, the Counter Crime Unit in the town of Zuara responded to the local community’s wish to stop smuggling through its area.   A new report from Seefar, Zuara: a Formula for Change in Libya? Libyan Perspectives on …

Zuara: a Formula for Change in Libya? Libyan Perspectives on the Migrant Crisis Read More »

In 2017 Seefar conducted a qualitative study leading in-depth interviews with potential Somali migrants in Kenya, in-transit migrants in Libya and in Italy. The aim of this research was to understand whether there are large pockets of Somalis intending to migrate to Europe, what their decision-making processes are, locations of these populations and destination preferences. Further …

Somali migrants in Kenya, Italy and Libya Read More »

Migrants in Europe are considered by many to be the ‘safe’ and ‘lucky ones’. However, migrants in Europe are still vulnerable. One of the biggest drivers of this vulnerability is access to information. Our research has shown that migrants in refugee camps or government centres in Europe feel they have insufficient information to understand the processes they are in …

Information for migrants in Europe Read More »

Since 2011, almost 5 million people have fled Syria. With over 2.9 million registered Syrians, Turkey currently hosts the largest community of Syrians displaced by the ongoing conflict. The conflict and its human impact is one of the greatest humanitarian and refugee crises in modern time. Through qualitative research, Seefar aims to understand the migration experiences of Syrians …

Listening to displaced Syrians in Turkey Read More »

Seefar carried out over 250 surveys and interviews with Iranians considering migrating to Western destinations. This research resulted in two reports on irregular migration to Australia and the UK. The latest in the series, Who Dares Wins: Understanding the decision-making of irregular migrants from Iran, begins to shed light on why so many people attempted to …

Irregular Migration from Iran to the European Union Read More »

This working paper, Iranian Refugees: An Exploration of Irregular Migration to the UK, utilizes data collected from a series of interviews to explore the motivations and expectations of people in Iran intending to migrate irregularly to the UK. From this initial group of 199 interviewees, we reconnected with 45 migrants 12 months later, in December 2015, to determine how they had progressed …

Iranian Refugees: Irregular Migration to the UK Read More »

Africa’s Sahel region has faced many challenges in the recent years, although the various crises have been overshadowed by situations in Libya and the Middle East. Denmark’s engagement in the region has been longstanding, with recent years including a Peace and Stabilisation Program, focused on Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Seefar has been supporting Denmark to update the …

Peace and Stability: Programme Design and Management in the Sahel Read More »

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