CARIM-South:
Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration from, to  and  through  the  Southern  and  Eastern  Mediterranean countries.

About the project:
CARIM-South Project is the first observatory of migration focused on  the  Southern  and  South-Eastern  Neighbourhoods  of  the European Union. The current phase of the Project (2014-   ) covers all  South  and  East  Mediterranean  countries  (SEM)  countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria,  Tunisia,  Turkey,  as  well  as  Mauritania  and  Sudan.  All  are studied as origin, transit and destination countries. CARIM-South  was  originally  set  up  in  2004  at  the  European University Institute (EUI, Florence) and co-financed by the European Commission.

The Project is now part of the EUI-based Migration Policy  Centre  (MPC).  It  is  composed  of  a  coordinating  unit established at the MPC, and a network of scientific correspondents based  in  the  countries  under  study.  External  experts  from  the region and from the European Union also contribute to CARIM’s activities. The Project is now able to rely on a broad network of international  and  SEM  countries’ academics,  experts  and  policy-makers.
The project undertakes the following activities:

  • It  develops  a  comprehensive  and  regularly  updated electronic database to monitor migration stocks and flows in  the  region  (“Demographic  and  Economic  module”),  as  as relevant legislative developments (“Legal module”);
  • The Project also undertakes, jointly with researchers from the  region,  systematic  and  ad  hoc  studies  on  emerging migration  issues  at  regional  and  national  levels.  In particular,  the  project  aims  to  sponsor  applied,  policy-oriented research to assist practitioners, policymakers and other  stakeholders  in  the  development  of  expertise  and capacity to address contemporary migration challenges;
  • The Project organises forums for national and international experts  to  interact  with  policymakers  and  other stakeholders in the countries concerned.

The Project is therefore able to provide data, analyses, and policy recommendations  based  on  academic  research.  Its  aim  is  to contribute to the improvement of understanding and management of migration from, through and to the SEM region, engaging with and respecting the viewpoints of all stakeholders.