North Africa

Mixed Migration Regional Hub

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About MMC North Africa

The Mixed Migration Centre’s North Africa Regional Hub aims to provide quality information and analysis to improve decision-making for people on the move through North Africa, as well as for host governments and humanitarian organisations who are involved in the response.

Where we work

Libya

The main focus of MMC North Africa has been the implementation of MMC’s flagship data collection project 4Mi in Libya.

MMC started 4Mi data collection in May 2017 in Libya under the DFID Women and Girls Protection Fund. Since then it has reached a qualitative data collection capacity of 250 interviews per month with migrants and refugees in various locations in Libya.

Through the 4Mi, MMC successfully established itself in the Libyan mixed migration context, as a long-term qualitative data collection mechanism and an actor with key insights on migration trends in the country. It has collected more than 3,000 interviews, which has supported the development of evidence-based programming in the Libyan context and formed the foundation of the various knowledge products listed here.

MMC North Africa collaborates closely with the MMC 4Mi programmes in West Africa and East Africa & Yemen to triangulate the data collected and ensure a route-based analysis in the larger continental migration context.

4Mi Libya was launched under the DFID Women and Girls Protection Fund and is now jointly supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) under the DRC led Consortium based in Tunis.


Tunisia

MMC North Africa will soon expand its focus to include Tunisia. Tunisia is a transit, destination and departure country for mixed migration flows. With no current quantitative and qualitative data collected in Tunisia, there is limited evidence-base programming to support the protection of refugees and migrants in Tunisia. Based on the initial findings one month of 4Mi data collection in Tunis in August 2017, MMC will start implementing 4Mi in Tunisia in mid-2018 to support a better understanding of the mixed migrations patterns in the North Africa region and to investigate the current migration situation in Tunisia.

Activities

MMC NA works in three domains:

  • Information and data collection and dissemination
  • Synthesis, analysis and research
  • Support to programming, policy development and dialogue by providing knowledge, raising questions and instigating further thinking on mixed migration issues