Migration: ALDA at the seminar “Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat: Mapping and documenting migratory journeys and experiences”
On 16th February, ALDA participated in the seminar “Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat: Mapping and documenting migratory journeys and experiences” organized by the University of Warwick.
The objective of the event was to debate the outcomes of the research that involved 150 interviews across the three islands of Malta, Kos (Greece), and Sicily (Italy).
The event provided detailed insights into migratory journeys and experiences across the three sites, and it shed more light on policy effects by addressing the knowledge and expectations that informed migrant/refugee decision-¬making. Among the key findings of the ongoing research was the absence of legal means of entry to the EU, especially for asylum seekers, and this pushes migrants to undertake dangerous crossings and living in unfavourable conditions in may shift shelters. The event concluded with recommendations on replacing deterrent border control policies with interventions that address the diverse causes of irregular migration. Deterrent policies should be replaced by interventions that will improve the livelihoods and educational opportunities across source, neighboring, and transit regions. It also supported calls to open safe and legal routes to the EU and improved reception conditions and facilities at all arrival points across the EU, to ensure that human rights and international protection obligations are met in full.