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1st September 2019 – 1st September 2022

The PERCEPTIONS project aims to identify and understand the narratives and (mis)perceptions of the EU abroad, assess potential issues related with the border and external security in order to allow better planning and outline reactions and countermeasures. For that purpose, the project will conduct research on the narratives and the myths that are circulating about the EU in three countries of migrants’ origin (as well as transit) (Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia) and four Mediterranean countries of arrival (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain), as well as two countries of transit to Europe (Bulgaria and Kosovo), representing three routes into Europe (Western, Central, and Eastern Mediterranean) (Forin & Healy 2018).
The research will be conducted in cooperation with local and international partners in order to find out how the EU is perceived in social media, local newspapers and by the general public. These perceptions might vary and they might cover the scope for example from the EU as the “paradise” to the EU as the “seminary of vice” and “evil”.
A comprehensive approach combining quantitative and qualitative research methods will clarify the picture for the exemplary selection of research sites. The outcomes will be analysed against the background of the scientific literature. Based on the research insights, the consortium will develop a PERCEPTIONS framework model including policy recommendations, action plans and a policy strategy – aligned with the ethical principles of the EU –addressing these challenges through foreign policy on different levels (from bilateral contacts to high level working groups). Furthermore, this framework will contain validated new methods for practitioners and civil-society organisations in order to support them to present a realistic picture of the EU in these countries.


Lead partner:

    SYNYO GmbH – Austria

Other partners:

  • Sheffield Hallam University (Centric) – United Kingdom
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna (UNIBO) – Italy
  • Universidad de Granada (UGR) – Spain
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) – Spain
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UNN) – United Kingdom
  • Swansea University (SU) – United Kingdom
  • Universita degli studi di Roma La Sapienza – Italy
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR) – The Netherlands
  • Universiteit Antwerpen – Belgium
  • International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) – Austria
  • Kentro Meleton Asfaleias (KEMEA) – Greece
  • Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) – Bulgaria
  • Sinus Markt – UND Sozialforschung Gmnh (SINUS) – Germany
  • Centre de recherche en economie appliquee pour le développement (CREAD) – Algeria
  • Egyptian Center for Innovation and Technology Development (ECITD) – Egypt
  • ADITESS advanced integrated technology solutions and services LTD – Cyprus
  • Association des Agences de la Démocratie Locale (ALDA) – France
  • Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) – Kosovo
  • Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios (FUNDEA) – Spain
  • Koinonia Caritas Cyprus – Cyprus
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) – Italy
  • Hellenic Police – Greece
  • Ministry of Public Security (MOPS-INP) – Israel
  • Glavna Direktsia Granichna Politsia (GDCOC) – Bulgaria

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