The EuroMed Survey looks at priorities for sustainable and mutually beneficial migration partnerships in the Mediterranean

19 April 2022 | Corporate news

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) within the framework of the project “EuroMeSCo Connecting the dots” and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) within the project “EuroMed Migration 5”, present the results of the survey “Towards sustainable and mutually beneficial migration partnerships in the Southern Mediterranean”, an exercise which aimed to reflect on improving migration partnerships between the EU and the Southern Mediterranean countries.

In line with the Joint Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the EU is encouraging more systematic efforts in coordinating action with neighbouring countries. To strengthen this coordination, it envisages the development of migration partnerships, as tailor-made agreements encapsulating the policy priorities of both partners and EU countries.

This survey aims to reflect priorities and viewpoints in the respective national contexts of the South Mediterranean countries, thereby charting a path for an evidence-driven approach to partnership negotiations. It targeted respondents from Southern Mediterranean Countries, including policymakers, experts, and civil society representatives.

Go to the EuroMeSCo website for the full descriptive report of the survey comprising the following chapters:

  • Migration and cooperation priorities
  • Protecting those in need and supporting host countries
  • Building economic opportunities and addressing irregular migrations
  • Strengthening migration governance and management
  • Fostering cooperation on returns and reintegration
  • Developing pathways for legal migration to Europe

Three infographics offer a glimpse of the main findings of the survey:

The complete report also comprises the following in-depth analyses written by experts and policy-makers to offer keys to better understanding some of the main issues at stake.

  • Migration and Cooperation in the Mediterranean: Beyond Divergent Priorities – Sara Benjelloun, Research Associate at LPED and LMI-MOVIDA Social Science Research Centres.
  • Irregular Migration Across the Mediterranean: The Long Road Ahead to Revamp Partnerships –  Matteo Villa, Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).
  • The Danger of a Single Story: the Migrant Smuggling Narrative – Gabriella Sanchez, Texas A & M International University.
  • The Southern Mediterranean Countries: Target and Motor of EU External Migration Policies – Sandra Lavenex, Professor of European and International Politics, University of Geneva and Visiting Professor, College of Europe.
  • Developing Pathways for Legal Migration to Europe – Challenges for the Nearest Future – Agnieszka Kulesa, Economist, Vice President of CASE.
Country Approach:
  • Employment and Social Cohesion in the Context of Forced Displacement: The Cases of Jordan and Lebanon – Shaza G. Al Jondi, Regional chief Technical Advisor and Meredith Byrne, Technical Officer, PROSPECTS, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Regional Office for Arab States.
  • Turning the Euro-Moroccan Tide: A Reappraisal of Migration Cooperation beyond Existing Areas of Engagement – Nabil Ferdaoussi, Doctoral Researcher Fellow, HUMA-Institute for Humanities in Africa (UCT).
  • Migration Governance in Algeria: Challenges, Interests and Future Prospects – Kheira Arrouche, Postgraduate Researcher, School of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Leeds.
  • Finding the Right Balance: The Conundrum of Building a Mutually-Beneficial Partnership with Tunisia – Pauline Veron, Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Main results

Euromed Survey

The Euromed Survey has been an IEMed’s annual publication since 2010 that delves into the major issues on the Euro-Mediterranean agenda. Through the involvement of a universe of experts in the field, the Survey offers a picture of a different area of study each year, constituting, for numerous respondents, a crucial mobilizing mechanism. On the one hand, the Survey sets out findings in a comprehensive visual manner. On the other hand, it provides more in-depth analysis through articles, annual qualitative assessments, monitoring, and forward-looking report.

Since 2020 the Survey is being conducted in the framework of the EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots project’s activities.

See previous surveys.