The European Commission has awarded funding for the largest-ever European-funded research project on migration, set to start work in September 2018.
MIGNEX (or, Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus) will be carried out over the course of five years. The project aims to forge new connections between two policy fields: how migration is regulated, and how migration and development affect each other. Such connections are essential for developing a more effective, coherent and sustainable approach to the challenges and opportunities that migration brings.
The research will be led by Jørgen Carling at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and carried out by an international team of nine institutions. The funding was awarded following a highly competitive process within Horizon 2020, the European Union’s primary Research and Innovation programme.
One innovative aspect of the project is the approach to ‘development’. Instead of seeing it as a generic process towards higher standards of living, the team will examine the specific ways in which development unfolds in particular settings. Such a perspective creates new opportunities for understanding the causes and consequences of migration. This research will be carried out in 25 communities across ten countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The team will also examine the role of national and European policies.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will be coordinating the project’s quantitative data collection and contributing to several parts of the analyses. We are also the partner responsible for the impact maximisation of findings and external communications.