Europe

Mixed Migration Regional Hub

About the Europe Regional Hub

As part of the MMC global network, MMC Europe works towards the objectives of the MMC by engaging in data collection, research, analysis and policy development on mixed migration.

MMC Europe was established in February 2019. Its core activity is 4Mi data collection in Italy and Greece interviewing refugees and migrants from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The ambition is to expand data collection and analysis to cover other migration routes in Europe, both in countries of first arrival and across routes further within Europe.

Mixed Migration in Europe

Mixed migration flows to Europe gained massive attention in 2015 when unprecedented numbers reached Greece and Italy. Since then, migration has remained high on the political and public agenda and several migration management initiatives have been put in place by the EU and national governments to combat migrant smuggling, reduce irregular migration and in some cases find legal pathways: The Joint Action Plan signed by the EU and Turkey and the following EU-Turkey Statement, consecutive border closures at the Balkan route and bilateral efforts by Italy to reduce crossings along the Central Mediterranean route.

While we have seen an overall reduction of numbers arriving to Europe since 2016 migrants and refugees continue to find ways to enter the region in search for protection and better living conditions. Issues remain: overcrowded EU hot spots in Greece and Italy, detention, collective expulsions, pushbacks, and human rights abuses.

Meet the MMC Europe Team

Donors and Partners

The 4Mi data collection in Italy and Greece is part of the project ‘Advancing Alternative Migration Governance’ (ADMIGOV) funded by the European Union – Horizon2020.

In Greece, MMC is partner with KMOP.

In Italy, MMC is partner with Oxfam.