Monitoring migration

We're investigating the UK experience as part of a £3million study of the impact of the migrant crisis on Europe.

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into the EU in 2015, sparking debate over how best to deal with resettling people as some countries struggled to cope.

GCU and the University of Cambridge are studying the impact of the migrant crisis in the UK for RESPOND, a three-year EU-funded review, which focuses on border control, migration and integration. We are working with 14 universities across the continent, as well as in Lebanon and Iraq.

RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond focuses on the mass migration triggered by conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and will show which migration governance policies work and how migrants and officials are making-do in the too frequent absence of coherent policies.

Our researchers are focusing on how the language used in political speeches on immigration, and the resulting newspaper coverage, shapes public perception.

We are going to see what politicians talk about in terms of European integration, how they appeal to their domestic audience and what kind of ideas they introduce to the public. The plan is to establish legal aid, educational aid, employment aid and public health clinics in Istanbul and Baghdad, and we will also host a series of lectures to dispel the false news about immigration into the European Union.

Dr Umut Korkut
Glasgow School for Business and Society