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.