The MAGYC (Migration Governance and asYlum Crises) project seeks to assess how migration governance has been influenced by the recent “refugee crises” and how crises at large shape policy responses on migration.

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The general objective of the project is to appraise policy responses in light of the ‘crisis’ and assess their efficiency for the long-term governance of migration. This overall objective shall be fulfilled through the pursuit of different specific objectives:

  • Reflecting on policy gaps in migration governance, and analysing jointly the emergence and implementation of regulatory instruments (including national public policies, bottom-up local initiatives and regional and international frameworks);
  • Correlating this analysis with migration dynamics in order to develop indicators of migration governance, to better assess the effectiveness of the different policy instruments developed in reaction to the crisis;
  • Understanding the articulation between migration dynamics and policy responses;
  • Offering a dynamic analysis of policy-making, focusing on knowledge-policy discrepancies, cognitive gaps in policymaking and points of contention;
  • Proposing possible avenues for the development of innovative migration governance strategies that break away from path dependency.

Work plan

The work plan of the MAGYC project is organized around two key dimensions of the crisis: time and space, as guided by the underlying assumption that migration ‘crises’ are a product of both an acceleration (time dimension) and a concentration (space dimension) of migration.


Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant agreement number 822806), the MAGYC project is coordinated by the Hugo Observatory of the University of Liège, and brings together 12 international partners. It runs from November 2018 until April 2023.

Work packages

WP1: Structural Determinants of Migration Crises

WP2: Migration and Asylum Governance Through Times of Crises

WP3: Constructing the Crisis

WP4: Comparing Crises

WP5: The Effect of Asylum Seekers’ Concentration in Space in Times of Crisis

WP6: Multi-Scalar Study of the Response

WP7: The Displacement Continuum

WP8: External Dimensions of the Crisis

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