In 2015 15 per cent of sea arrivals and 78 per cent of deaths occurred across the Central Mediterranean route. What makes a route more or less deadly?

We have just released some initial findings from the ESRC/DFID-funded MEDMIG project – which is run by Coventry University in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford and partners in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Malta. The researchers interviewed 500 refugees and migrants who had used, or were planning to use, the central and eastern Mediterranean routes to enter the EU and more than 100 stakeholders.


The research brief argues that current policy responses to the crisis are likely to fail because they do not take adequate account of the critical differences in the experiences, journeys and aspirations of those crossing the Mediterranean. There is a need for nuanced, tailored and targeted policy responses which reflect these diverse, stratified and increasingly complex flows.

To view the MEDMIG research brief: