Past events

Webinar series: ‘Comparing forms of border encampment in the EU, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa’
Session 3

May 4 2021

The third session of this series of webinars explored two topics: ‘A processual analysis of the manufacture of border security from Israel, the USA to Europe’ with Damien Simonneau, and ‘Border Logics and Geopolitical Identities: Moroccan Usages of African and European Identities’ with Nora El Qadim


Webinar series: ‘Trajectories, Settlements and Narratives of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan’

March 31, April 21, May 19, June 16, 2021

In the frame of a cooperation between the MAGYC and ANR SHAKK research programs, this monthly webinar explored the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan in its geographical, sociological, political and economic dimensions while analyzing the events that led to their departure from Syria. Thus, it emphasized the links between the conditions of departure of Syrians from their country and those of their arrival and settlement in Lebanon and Jordan. It examined both the Syrian military and political strategies deployed to force populations to flee their homes and the political and economic decisions of host countries regarding the settlement of Syrian refugees on their territory.


Webinar series: ‘Comparing forms of border encampment in the EU, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa’
Session 2

April 26, 2021

The second session of this series of webinars explored two topics: ‘Borders of Governance: The Political Effects of Digital Humanitarianism in Refugee Camps’ with Christiane Fröhlich, and ‘Migration and Interventions in Africa. Understanding the International Politics of (Im)mobility’ with Thibaut Jaulin and Hélène Thiollet


Zooming in Migration #8: ‘A Pact with the Devil? Robust Border Management and the EU’s New Pact on Migration’

March 31, 2021

Cooperation on migration and asylum has presented itself as one of the biggest policy challenges to the European Union. The Pact provoked a lively debate with some calling it a rational and realistic compromise and others finding it disingenuous, potentially ineffective and in violation of human rights due to lack of an independent monitoring mechanism. This webinar was an assessment of this border management dimension of the new pact based on the research findings from two H2020 projects MAGYC and ADMIGOV and the attestations of the NGO Pilotes Volontaires from the field, which performs aerial observations in the Mediterranean Sea to save the lives of people while crossing to Europe.


Webinaire : “Les migrants au Liban face à la double crise sanitaire et économique”

March 30, 2021

Les restrictions dues à la crise sanitaire ont profondément modifié la vie et la mobilité des individus dans les espaces urbains, et s’inscrivent dans un contexte économique très dégradé. Les populations les plus vulnérables, comme les migrants et les réfugiés, ont été particulièrement touchées par les effets conjoints du confinement et de la crise financière, et ce tant sur le plan économique que social. Ce séminaire commun organisé par CefasCedejCjbIfpo et Irmc, a exploré en compagnie de Kamel Doraï, chercheur au CNRS et actuellement directeur du Département des Études Contemporaines à l’Ifpo, la situation des migrants au Liban, face à la double crise sanitaire et économique. 


Webinar: ‘Refugee Solidarity Along the Balkan Route’

March 29, 2021

Dans le cadre de ce webinaire, Céline Cantat, chercheuse postdoctorante au CERI où elle coordonne le Work Package « Constructing the crisis » du projet H2020 MAGYC, a présenté sa recherche sur les solidarités avec et par les migrants le long de la route des Balkans. Elle a exploré, en compagnie de Pierre Monforte (Associate Professor à l’Université de Leicester), la distinction entre humanitarisme et solidarité, et la manière dont cette distinction est comprise, négociée et mise en oeuvre dans le contexte des pratiques locales d’asile et de sanctuaire dans les Balkans. 


Webinar: ‘Fifth Anniversary of the EU-Turkey Deal: An Academic Overview’

March 18, 2021

How did the five years of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal inform our research on Syrian refugees and EU-Turkey relations? This webinar reflects on the ‘Fifth Anniversary of the EU-Turkey Deal: An Academic Overview’ and is organized by Dış Politikada Kadınlar, MetuMir, The Hugo Observatory and TOBB ETÜ with great panellists: Deniz Senol Sert, Başak Yavcan, Başak Kale, Ilke Toygür and Lucia Najšlová.


Webinar: ‘Comparing forms of border encampment in the EU, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa’,
Session 1 – ‘Comparing the EU and the Middle East’

February 11, 2021

A series of three Webinars from IFPO and the MAGYC project. Externalization of border management by the European Union has been largely studied (Frelick, Kysel, Podkul, 2016; Hyndman, Mountz, 2008; Rodier, 2008). Building up on studies looking at borders ‘beyond a line in the sand’ (Parker, Vaughan-Williams 2005, Agier, 2008) that offer a critical perspective to borderlands as such, this webinar aims to construct a comparison reshaping the usual eurocentric approach when it comes to migration (Thiollet, 2020), border and public policy studies. The first session, “Comparing the EU and the Middle East” took place on February 11th, 2021, with the presentations of Emma Empociello (CED-Sciences Po Bordeaux / Ifpo) and Céline Cantat (CERI-Sciences Po).


Webinar: ‘The Impact of European Policy on the Migration Crisis’

January 19, 2021

The third seminar of a partnership between the H2020 project MAGYC and ECFR Paris, entitled “Crises, migration and European cooperation”. With Thibaut Jaulin (CERI – Sciences Po), Andrew Lebovich (ECFR), and Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Birmingham). Chaired by Rym Momtaz (POLITICO). 


Webinar: ‘Does Development Drive or Curb Migration? Implications for Policy Making’

November 24, 2020

Does development lead to more or less migration? Within the policy, research, and practice communities, this is an age-old question that has been hotly debated. Conflicting evidence on this so-called ‘migration hump’ continues to drive this debate. What is the current state of debate? How can we best measure development, how can we further understand the ways development processes affect migration, and what are the implications for policymakers? This webinar features a panel discussion bringing together researchers and practitioners to reflect on the current state of research on development and migration and at the community, national and international level, with a focus on how this research can inform policy making. 


Webinar: ‘Migration and Climate Change: What Can European Cooperation Achieve?’

November 6, 2020

European states have answered to the coronavirus crisis by closing their borders. But if this might stop the virus, it cannot stop CO2 emissions, and a proliferation of national answers is the contrary of what is needed to tackle climate change. As European countries understand that economy, stability, peace and security are all impacted by climate change, the migration issue will become even more pressing in the next half of this century, when conflicts over resources and land increase. What can European member states do today to act on the scale of the migration flows of the next decades? How can the European Union ensure that its member states do not withdraw into themselves as they did in the first weeks of the Covid crisis but enhance cooperation? How useful with the Green New Deal be to exit this crisis?


Webinar: “Comparing crisis: Lessons from ‘Migration Crises’ in the Middle East and North Africa”

October 27, 2020

The webinar has two interconnected goals. Firstly, presentations will zoom in on two regions where much of (forced) migration today is actually happening, namely the Middle East and North Africa, to provide a brief overview of migration dynamics and migration governance in each. For this, the speakers will draw on on-going research within the Migration Governance and Asylum Crises (MAGYC) project, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. In a second step, we will discuss the promises and possible pitfalls of comparing cases within and between regions. Why is it useful to look at (forced) migration governance from a comparative angle? What can we learn from comparing cases intra- and cross-regionally? How can comparative research inform EU policy-making?


Webinar: “How the COVID-19 Crisis Shaped European Migration Governance” 

 September 30, 2020

This workshop explored the impact of the ongoing health crisis with respect to European migration policies. To halt the spread of the coronavirus, EU member states have committed to a range of drastic measures that limit mobility; these include closing of national borders, lockdown and quarantine. Panellists explored how public opinions in the European Union influenced policy measures. They reflected on the EU-Turkey deal, the implications that the coronavirus had on refugees in Turkey, and the future of the deal. Given the different experiences of EU member states in regard to border management, alternative ways of migration governance were also explored. Finally, the workshop concluded with a reflection on the new EU migration and asylum pact proposed by the commission. Watch the workshop here


Workshop: Toward More Sustainable Migration Governance

September 25, 2020

This workshop organised with the University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA) discussed the issue of migration governance in Europe. The presentations had the objective of sparking a reflection on the way this issue of migration governance could be made more sustainable.


Is climate change migration a self-fulfilling prophecy? Interdisciplinary dialogues on the migration-environment nexus

September 15, 2020

This innovative session hosted by the two sister projects MAGYC and HABITABLE aims to facilitate the interaction and cross-fertilisation of migration studies and climate change studies, thus strengthening the dialogue between migration and climate change scholars.


Webinar “How The Pandemic Changed Migration Governance As We Knew It”

August 25, 2020

The second webinar of the new webinar series ‘Zooming In on Migration and Asylum’ (co-organized by H2020 sister projects TRAFIG, ADMIGOV, MAGYC and MIGNEX) reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migration governance and on the work of researchers. It featured Christiane Fröhlich (MAGYC), Martin Wagner (TRAFIG), Meltem Müftüler-Baç (MAGYC), Shoshana Fine (MAGYC), Dimitra Manou (MAGYC).


Webinar “Doing Research on Migration and Asylum. Responsibilities and Limits”

June 30th, 2020

The first webinar of the new webinar series ‘Zooming In on Migration and Asylum’ (co-organized by H2020 sister projects TRAFIG, ADMIGOV, MAGYC and MIGNEX) explored the role of academic research in better understanding migration and asylum and informing policymaking in these fields. It featured MAGYC Project Coordinator François Gemenne, along with Jorgen Carling (MIGNEX), Carolien Jacobs (TRAFIG), Julien Jeandesboz (ADMIGOV) and Luca Lixi (European Commission).

Recording available soon.


Webinar “Governing Migration as ‘Crisis’: The Case of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey ”

June 29th, 2020

Through a focus on three case studies (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey), MAGYC researchers Tamirace Fakhoury, Gerasimos Tsourapas and Meltem Müftüler-Bac explored the ways in which ‘migration governance’ has been shaped by a ‘crisis’ imaginary. This webinar, moderated by Shoshana Fine, explored the extent to which this imaginary has led to the mobilisation of new actor constellations, including private security companies, humanitarian organisations, international organisations and migrants and how these actors produced different forms of governmental practices.

Recording available soon.


Panel “Common Challenges for Turkey and EU Refugee Crisis 2.0”

March 12th, 2020 – Brussels (Belgium)

On March 12th, Başak Yavçan, (Hugo Observatory), participated in a panel discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis organized by the Turkish Directorate of Communication. In assessing the current challenges of migration management, the panelists discussed the future of the EU-Turkey Deal, a potential “New Deal” and mechanisms to promote cooperation and responsibility sharing.


Conference on Migration Policies in the Mediterranean and Libya

February 12th, 2020 – Paris (France)

MAGYC partner Sciences Po (CERI) organized a series of roundtables on “Crimes, Victims and the rule of International Law” in the broader context of Migration policies in the Mediterranean and Libya.

This conference brought together practitioners and academics (including MAGYC researchers Hélène Thiollet, Shoshana Fine, Céline Cantat, Virginie Guiraudon, Iraklis Dimitriadis) to debate the role of law in governing migration. It reflected upon il/legalising practices and the making of “victims” and “criminals” in a context of continuous migrants’ deaths and dismantlement of search and rescue operations led by states or NGOs.

This event was organized by researchers of the MAGYC project and of the ANR project PACE (Politics of Asylum Crisis in Europe), in partnership with the Paris School of International Affairs.


Migration Governance Cluster Meeting

January 30th-31st, 2020 – Brussels (Belgium)

The MAGYC team attended a Horizon 2020 cluster meeting on migration governance organised by the European Research Agency together with other researchers from other migration projects RESPOND, MIGNEX, AGRUMIG, ADMIGOV, CEASEVAL and CrossMigration.

This two-day event served as a valuable opportunity for each project team to introduce their work, share insights and lessons learned from their research, explore synergies and potential collaboration opportunities, and exchange with policy officials from the European Commission.


Academic Workshop on Durable Solutions for Rejected Asylum Seekers

January 17th, 2020 – Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Maurizio Ambrosini and Iraklis Dimitriadis (UNIMI) took part in a workshop organised by the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Rotterdam to present some of their preliminary results on the (non)-deportation of rejected asylum seekers in Italy within the MAGYC project.


MAGYC Annual Meeting

December 4th-6th, 2019 – Beirut (Lebanon)

The first MAGYC annual meeting allowed the consortium as a whole to meet and discuss progress made since the launch of the project in November 2018. In addition to discussing practical issues linked to the implementation of the project and the dissemination of its results, researchers had the opportunity to discuss their research, to obtain feedback on their work and to plan for future synergies across partners and work packages.

Several events were also organized in parallel to the meeting:
– The seminar “Asylum and changing migration policies in Lebanon and Jordan” by ifpo (with Jalal Al Husseini, Norig Neveu, Valentina Napolitano and Léa Macias, moderated by Kamel Dorai)
– A public roundtable on “Refugees and Cities” (with Mona Harb, Mona Fawaz, Ahmed Gharbieh, Dounia Salamé (AUB), moderated by Olivier Clochard (Migrinter).
– A public conference on “Gender and Migration” (with Camille Schmoll and Assaf Dahdah)


WP4 Workshop “Comparing Crises”

October 1st – 2nd, 2019 – Hamburg (Germany)

Members of the MAGYC Work Package 4 met in Hamburg with the aim to integrate the different work packages of the project which are working on a) perceptions of crises (WP 3, 4 and 8) and b) different configurations of migration governance (WP 2 and 4). This workshop was meant as a forum for internal discussion of current research within the work packages and as a chance to identify synergies and potential for cooperation.

Workshop Participants

2019 APSA Annual Meeting

August 29 – September 1st, 2019 – Washington DC (USA)

Members of the MAGYC team attended the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting which this year explored the theme “Populism and Privilege”. Hélène Thiollet (Sciences Po) chaired the panel “The Global Governance of Migration: Competing Theories, Comparing Regions”, in which Gerasimos Tsourapas (Sciences Po) presented his MAGYC paper “Authoritarianism and the Drivers of Migration Governance in the Middle East”. Later in the day, Fiona B. Adamson (SOAS) chaired the panel “The Global Refugee Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions” in which Hélène Thiollet presented a MAGYC paper ‘Mixed Migration from the Horn of Africa to the Mediterranean: Discussing the Multilateral Politics of Migrant Labelling”. Fiona B. Adamson also presented the paper “The Post-Imperial Migration State: Migration Governance in Turkey” on the panel “Migration States in Comparative Perspective” and took part in a “Roundtable on the Politics of Migration in the Global South.”

Roundtable on “Politics of migrant reception in the Global South” with Kelsey Norman, Fiona Adamson, Tazreena Sajad, Lahra Smith, Jeff Pugh and Loren Landau.


The Migration Conference 2019

18-20 June, 2019 – Bari (Italy)

Members of the MAGYC team attended the Migration Conference in Bari and took part in a MAGYC panel, chaired by Caroline Zickgraf (Hugo Observatory). Anastasia Blouchoutzi (UoM) kicked off the panel looking at local initiatives in Greece for the integration of migrants. Maurizio Ambrosini (UNIMI) then discussed urban governance of asylum, exclusion and inclusion in Italian towns. Elodie Hut (Hugo Observatory) then presented her PhD work taking a hotspot approach to the migration governance crisis in the EU. Camille Menu (Hugo Observatory) also presented her ongoing PhD work, looking at the crisis in EU governance and human rights, using a case study of environmental mobility. Fiona B. Adamson (SOAS) presented a keynote address on “Migration Diplomacy in World Politics” at the opening plenary session, as well as her work with Gerasimos Tsourapas, taking a historical perspective on the “crisis” in Greece and Turkey.

The Conference is a forum for discussion where experts, young researchers and students, practitioners and policy makers working in the field of migration are encouraged to exchange their knowledge and experiences in a friendly and frank environment.


Workshop “Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies”


1st international workshop: “Responsibility, Legitimacy and Accountability”
14 June, 2019 – Prato (Italy)

This workshop examined the various forms of externalisation, including interception at sea, detention, third country interceptions and border policing and discussed the impact these policies have on refugees’ access to safety. The sessions further explored the effect that externalisation has on notions of responsibility, legitimacy and accountability. As border controls are shifted beyond the frontiers of the state, these issues are more important than ever. Tamirace Fakhoury (LAU) will be one of the speakers.


Panel on “Imaginaries, Representations and Emotions around Migration”

15 May 2019 – Brussels (Belgium)

François Gemenne    ©Vincent Engel

Hugo Observatory Director, François Gemenne, took part in a panel on “Imaginaries, representations and emotions around migration” during a conference organized by the collective “Carta Academica”.

Hugo Observatory Director, François Gemenne, took part in a panel on “Imaginaries, representations and emotions around migration” during a conference organized by the collective “Carta Academica”.


5th European Migration Forum

3-4 April 2019 – Brussels (Belgium)

Elodie Hut, PhD candidate at the Hugo Observatory, attended the 5th European Migration Forum focused on the role of local authorities and civil society in managing migration and ensuring safe and regular pathways to the European Union. This participatory platform, organized on a yearly basis by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), served as an opportunity to formulate 10 recommendations on migration and asylum. Full picture gallery here.


Conference “Migrant.e.s: Quel accueil?”

21 March 2019 – Liège (Belgium)

Elodie Hut, PhD candidate at the Hugo Observatory, took part in a conference entitled “Migrant.e.s, quel accueil?” organized at the University of Liège. After having provided an overview of reception conditions in Belgium and in the EU, she moderated a debate on potential ways to improve the reception of migrants, with a focus on the role of the university.


MAGYC Kick-Off Meeting

22-23 November 2018 -Liège (Belgium)

On 22 and 23 November 2018, the 12 project partners met in Liège to kick-start their collaboration over the next four years.

The objectives of the meeting were threefold:

  1. Allowing partners to meet and shape a common vision for this four-year project
  2. Discussing the administrative and operational aspects of the projects
  3. Hearing from the experiences of academics and policy makers on the issue of migration and the research-policy nexus

It was stressed during the opening remarks that the MAGYC project was more topical than ever in light of the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and of the political divisions that have arisen as a result of the recent “migration crisis”. It was further noted that each study produced in the framework of the project would have a strong and lasting impact on the European continent at large, as project findings will be shared with governments and CSOs in order to inspire sound and evidence-based migration governance policies and practices

Through an informative presentation on key aspects of grant implementation – which called for synergies with other migration-related projects – as well as productive break-out sessions aimed at organizing and planning for each Work Package, the participants built a common understanding of the project and set the tone for a fruitful collaboration. 

Following these practical sessions, a discussion panel on “Challenges Ahead: Expectations and Stakeholder Engagement” took place, in which Ms. Anna Kadar (European Commission DG HOME, Asylum Unit), first presented how the European Commission’s adheres to evidence-based policy-making in the field of asylum and migration. Prof. Emeritus Roger Zetter (University of Oxford) then shared his experience working with policy makers in this crucial domain
After an engaging Q&A session which focused on the state of play of the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the participants headed to Le Bocholtz, a historic building located in Liège City centre to attend a lecture from Prof. Roger Zetter (as part of a series of lectures organized in the framework of the EDGE project) entitled “From Humanitarianism to Development: The Political Economy of the “New” Refugee Regime”. This lecture sought to explain the ways in which the international refugee regime had shifted from a purely humanitarian approach towards a more development-oriented approach. It thus exposed new development approaches, structures, actors, funding mechanisms and instruments that are shaping “the humanitarian-development nexus”. Through a political economy perspective, this lecture presented the impacts of this new paradigm on economic, socio-economic, as well as political agendas.

The lecture was followed by a roundtable on “Migration Governance in the European Union” chaired by Dr. Caroline Zickgraf (Deputy Head of The Hugo Observatory). Panellists included Dr. Katarina Cséfalvayová (Chair of Slovakia’s Foreign Affairs Commission), Dr. Fiona Adamson (Associate Professor at SOAS) and Dr. Christiane Fröhlich (Research Associate at GIGA – German Institute of Global and Area Studies) and offered an opportunity to delve deeper into the questions raised in the previous talk.

The evening ended with a lively cocktail reception to celebrate Professor Zetter’s appointment as EDGE Chair, the launch of the MAGYC project, as well as the Hugo Observatory’s second anniversary.