Past events

WP4 Workshop “Comparing Crises”

October 1st – 2nd, 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, Washington (DC)

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, 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, 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

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”.

5th European Migration Forum

3-4 April 2019

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 about Welcoming Migrants

21 March 2019

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

On 22 and 23 November 2018, the 12 project partners met in Liège (Belgium) 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.