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In this project
Project leader
Cathrine Talleraas
Nov 2020 - Dec 2024

This project provides policy-relevant research on the effects of EU external migration policy in six countries across Africa and the Middle East

Migration is key for economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It may therefore seem paradoxical that SSA and MENA countries cooperate with the EU on policies to reduce migration and increase returns. While international collaboration has become essential in migration management, the incentives, implementation and broader impact of EU migration measures in partner countries remain largely unexplored.

This project examines the effects of the EU’s external migration management policies by zooming in on six countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana and Libya. The countries represent origin, transit and destination countries for mixed migration flows, and differ in terms of governance practices, state capacities, colonial histories, economic development and migration contexts. Bringing together scholars working on different case countries and aspects of the migration policy puzzle, the EFFEXT project explores the broader landscape of migration policy in Africa and the Middle East.


Project Objectives

The project's overarching objective is to further the development of theory on global migration management, specifically through research on the effects of EU policies in the MENA and SSA regions. The research is driven by the following sub-objectives:

  • Develop an innovative multi-scalar methodology for migration policy research
  • Map and analyse national and regional migration policies in MENA and SSA
  • Assess national governments’ practices and priorities on migration
  • Explore how local migration strategies are influenced by EU-initiated policies
  • Identify policymaking opportunities for coherent  collaboration
  • Ensure impact through continuous and policy-oriented engagement 
  • Advance theoretical understandings of migration management

Project Team

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Project Leader
Research Professor
Research Professor
Project Researcher
Communications Advisor

Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Senior Researcher
Postdoctoral Researcher

Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) - Oxford Brookes

Director of CENDEP
Zoë Jordan
Postdoctoral Researcher

Global Development Institute (GDI) - University of Manchester

Senior Lecturer in Migration Studies

Kiya Gezahegne
Lecturer, University of Addis Ababa and Researcher, GDI

Advisory Board

Our expert advisory board give us important feedback and advice at various stages of the project cycle. They are academics and policy-makers from the researcher countries, the EU, and our countries of research:  

  • Bram Frouws (Head of Mixed Migration Centre, Danish Refugee Council) 
  • Joseph Teye (Associate Professor, Centre for Migration Studies, Uni. of Ghana) 
  • Leander Kandilige (Lecturer, Centre for Migration Studies, Uni. of Ghana)
  • Fekadu Adugna Tufa (Assistant Professor, Research Lead for the Migration Industries Thematic Area, Addis Ababa Uni.) 
  • Nasser Yassin (Director of Research, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American Uni. of Beirut) 
  • Jørgen Carling (Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo) 
  • Nicola Piper (Professor of International Law, Queen Mary Uni. of London) 
  • Sophie Nonnenmacher (Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer, IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa) 
  • Caroline Njuki (Project Officer, ILO) 
  • Knut Holm (International Unit, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and Coordinator, European Migration Network Norway)
  • Roberto Forin (Global Programme Coordinator,Mixed Migration Centre)

Project updates

EFFEXT project video

Part of our innovative communications strategy, the video introduces the project to our audience of policy-makers, academics and the interested public. The short video explains the motivation behind the project, and highlights the global dimension of migration. 
10 May 2021

Webinar - Effects of Externalisation

Our recent successful webinar launched the new research project ‘Effects of Externalisation: EU Migration Management in Africa and the Middle East’ (EFFEXT). If you missed the webinar, you can watch via this page.
6 May 2021

Effects of EU Externalisation - perspectives from Africa and the Middle East

The webinar will launch the new project. Join us as for a discussion on how EU externalisation policies impact migration management in the Middle East and Africa, and how this can be studied through the perspectives of stakeholders in the Global South.
27 Apr 2021

Understanding the effects of the EU's migration management: Interview with Cathrine Talleraas

Migration management is a major global challenge. But how can we ensure that policies made in the EU are also in the best interests of countries outside of Europe? In this short interview, project leader Cathrine Talleraas explains the motivation behind the project and what the project will achieve.
15 Mar 2021
New Project

New project on migration management in Africa and the Middle East

Effects of Externalisation: EU Migration Management in Africa and the Middle East (EFFEXT) is a new interdisciplinary research project (2020-2024). The project produces knowledge on the dynamics of migration and the effects of the EU’s external migration management in Lebanon, Jordan, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana and Libya.
17 Feb 2021


Project leader
Cathrine Talleraas
Nov 2020 - Dec 2024