Imagining Europe from the outside (EUMAGINE)

Led by Jørgen Carling

Sep 2009 – Jan 2013

EUMAGINE is a collaborative European research project in which PRIO is a partner. The project systematically analyzes migration aspirations and decisions, using a multidisciplinary, mixed-method approach in four major ‘source’ and ‘transit’ countries. Special attention is given to how perceptions of human rights and democracy affect these aspirations. The core idea of the project is that macro- and meso-level discourses on human rights and democracy influence micro level perceptions on these themes in countries of origin and transit, which in turn influence migratory aspirations and decisions. By adopting a case study approach and comparing and contrasting a diversity of important international emigration countries, various types of regions within these countries, several modes of migration, various types of influential discourses, and different profiles of potential migrants, it is possible to make analytical generalizations about how perceptions, aspirations and decisions are formed. The four countries under study are Morocco, Turkey, Senegal and Ukraine. Fieldwork will combine quantitative surveys and semi-structured interviews.

EUMAGINE is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and undertaken by a consortium of the following institutions:

  • University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium - Co-ordinator
  • University of Oxford (COMPAS and IMI), United Kingdom
  • Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway
  • Koc University, Turkey
  • Université Mohamed V (UMV), Morocco
  • Centre of Sociological research (CSR), Ukraine
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal

The empirical research is undertaken by 'geographical duo teams' consisting of one European and one non-European partner. PRIO is paired with UCAD and jointly responsible for the Senegal case study. PRIO is also responsible for project-wide coordination of the qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

For additional information, see the EUMAGINE web site:

The project kick-of meeting in Antwerp 11-12 March 2010 Jørgen Carling, María Hernández Carretero and Papa Demba Fall, responsible for the Senegal study within EUMAGINE
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