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RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond

With the goal of enhancing the governance capacity and policy coherence of the EU, its member states and neighbors, RESPOND is a comprehensive study of migration governance in the wake of the 2015 Refugee Crisis. Bringing together 14 partners from 7 disciplines, the project probes policy-making processes and policy (in)coherence through comparative research in source, transit and destination countries. RESPOND analyzes migration governance across macro (transnational, national), meso (sub-national/local) and microlevels (refugees/migrants) by applying an innovative research methodology utilizing legal and policy analysis, comparative historical analysis, political claims analysis, socio-economic and cultural analysis, longitudinal survey analysis, interview based analysis, and photovoice techniques. It focuses in-depth on: (1) Border management and security, (2) International refugee protection, (3) Reception policies, (4) Integration policies, and (5) Conflicting Europeanization and externalization.  We use these themes to examine multi-level governance while tackling the troubling question of the role of forced migration in precipitating increasing disorder in Europe. In contrast to much research undertaken on governance processes at a single level of analysis, RESPOND’s multilevel, multi-method approach shows the co-constitutive relationship between policy and practice among actors at all three levels; it highlights the understudied role of meso-level officials; and it shines a light on the activities of non-governmental actors in the face of policy vacuums. Ultimately, RESPOND will show which migration governance policies really work and how migrants and officials are making-do in the too-frequent absence of coherent policies. Adhering to a refugee-centered approach throughout, RESPOND will bring insights to citizenship, gender and integration studies, ensure direct benefit to refugee communities and provide a basis for more effective policy development.

 

Partners:

1 UPPSALA UNIVERSITET Sweden

2 THE GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY United Kingdom

3 GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS Germany

4 THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom

5 ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITESI Turkey

6 Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul Sweden

7 OZYEGIN UNIVERSITESI Turkey

8 UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE Italy

9 PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU Greece

10 OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN Austria

11 UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI Poland

12 KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET Denmark

13 Lebanon Support Lebanon

14 The Hammurabi Human Rights Organization

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Project Start: December 2017

Project End: December 2020