Narrative Publications


Mixed Migration Review 2020

In the 2020 edition of its annual flagship publication, the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) focuses on mixed migration and cities as the urban frontlines for displacement and mobility. In an updated ‘normalisation of the extreme’ section, the Review also documents how migration policies, actions and attitudes are becoming more and more extreme, and how in 2020 Covid-19 was sometimes used as a pretext to justify this “new normal”.

Fear and lying in the EU

Fear and lying in the EU: Fighting disinformation on migration with alternative narratives.

Migration remains a salient political issue and a major topic of disinformation. Lies and half-truths about migrants spread freely across the EU. But the narratives and themes used by disinformation actors are not static. As events develop and public concerns shift, so do the types of stories pushed by those seeking to mislead. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a growing stream of articles linking migrants to infection risks and accusing them of receiving preferential treatment.

This paper provides an overview of the communication practices that UN agencies working on the migration response in Italy have adopted in their work with newly arrived unaccompanied migrant children. These include IOM, UNICEF and UNHCR. The aim is to present the different objectives and methodologies of each agency’s intervention under an overall framework.

Communicating with Unaccompanied Foreign Minors: How UN agencies engage with newly arrived migrant and refugee children in Italy

This paper provides an overview of the communication practices that UN agencies working
on the migration response in Italy have adopted in their work with newly arrived
unaccompanied migrant children. These include IOM, UNICEF and UNHCR. The aim is to
present the different objectives and methodologies of each agency’s intervention under an
overall framework. This is built both around the agencies’ respective areas of technical
expertise and their commitment towards the principles expounded in the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child, which are applied here in the context of refugee and
migrant foreign minors. Recommendations on how to strengthen these practices are offered.

Communicating with Unaccompanied Foreign Minors Valentina Bau.pdf

Vite di esuli. Percorsi artistici, politici e professionali tra Cinquecento e Novecento

L’8 marzo 1855, il governo di Buenos Aires ingaggiava l’esule Silvino Olivieri per formare una compagnia di volontari. La Legión AgrícolaMilitar aveva il compito di occupare l’area di Bahía Blanca, sconfiggere la resistenza delle popolazioni indigene e fondare una colonia agricola. Circa 500 uomini parteciparono alla missione che culminò con la nascita di Nuova Roma. Il progetto ridefinì le traiettorie dell’esilio democratico, connettendo il patriottismo diasporico italiano con il movimento repubblicano argentino.


Establishing a Credible Narrative on Migration and Migration Policy

The need for more effective communication on migration and conveying balanced messages is a priority for EU Member States and partner countries alike. It has to be acknowledged that the fast-paced environment governing the work of migration policymakers, particularly since 2015, impedes long-term, broader reflections on communication strategies. Instead, ad hoc and reactive communication measures are applied, which often bring mixed results.

The proliferation of digital and social media has reduced the space and time available for the preparation of nuanced reporting, while the rapid growth in the number of information sources available makes it harder for the public to know which sources and information to trust. Whilst evidence shows that EU citizens rate migration and integration among the most important topics, which reflects the tendency toward extensive coverage of these topics by media outlets. Interestingly, citizens do not consider immigration the most pressing issue at national level; however, more than a third of EU citizens polled consider immigration the main concern at EU level, and it remains the policy area where EU action is considered most inadequate (Eurobarometer 2019; Eurobarometer 2018).


EuroMed Rights 2019 Annual Report

In 2019, the Euro-Mediterranean region was marked by both new restrictions and glimmers of hope. Throughout the year, EuroMed Rights, with its memberspartners and with the help of its donors, carried out work along the regional and country specific priority areas to better connect, support and create new dialogue opportunities for and between human rights defenders and civil society organisations.  

euromedrights-org-publication-euromed-rights-2019-annual-report- (1).pdf


This report presents the findings of DTM Round 30 (March- April 2020) data collection, in which at least 625,638 migrants from over 44 countries of origin were identified in Libya. The majority of migrants (67%) were from neighbouring countries, especially Niger (128,953 migrants), Chad (102,725 migrants), Egypt (102,700 migrants) and Sudan (75,967 migrants). The substantial presence of migrants from neighbouring countries reflects the important influence of historical ties between communities across the Libyan borders and the role of geographical proximity in determining the dynamics of migration to Libya.


Quarterly Mixed Migration Update: Middle East

This Quarterly Mixed Migration Update (QMMU) covers the Middle East region (ME). The core countries of focus for this region are Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and Turkey. Depending on the quarterly trends and migration related updates, more attention may be given to some countries over the rest.


Refugees in the MENA: How Food Insecurity Hits the Most Vulnerable

The outbreak of the Coronavirus has affected the entire world in an unprecedented way. The virus has hit without making distinctions of class, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. Yet, the crisis engendered by the pandemic has exacerbated discriminations and exposed the most vulnerable groups of society to greater risks. While the pandemic is disrupting the food supply worldwide, many find it difficult accessing or affording food. In this regard, the World Food Programme has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to increase the number of people facing acute food insecurity to 265 million in 2020. Among the most exposed groups, the crisis is putting a particular strain on migrants and displaced communities in the Middle East.

ispionline-it-refugees-mena-how-food-insecurity-hits-most-vulnerable-26889 (1).pdf

Migration Challenge and Pandemic: Scenarios for Europe

EU member states will become more and more interested in cooperation with non-EU states, enhancing the actions and operations of EU countries and non-EU countries outside the EU zone. Asylum and other means of protection will become a more complex procedure, enlarging the gap and violating the rights of asylum seekers.

valdaiclub-migration-challenge-and-pandemic (1).pdf