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In this project
Facts
Project leader
Cathrine Talleraas
cathrine.talleraas@cmi.no
Timeframe:
Nov 2020 - Dec 2024
Funder:
NordForsk

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
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

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:  

  • Stina Holt (International Unit, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration; and Coordinator, European Migration Network Norway) 
  • Bram Frouws (Head of Mixed Migration Centre, Danish Refugee Council) 
  • Belinda Volans (Migration and Modern Slavery Team, UK Dept. for International Development) 
  • Anna Schmidt (Policy Officer, Migration & Forced Displacement, European Commission / DG Development and International Cooperation – EuropeAid) 
  • Joseph Teye (Associate Professor, Centre of 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) 

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Facts
Project leader
Cathrine Talleraas
cathrine.talleraas@cmi.no
Timeframe:
Nov 2020 - Dec 2024
Funder:
NordForsk