A new interactive tool online for migration

The REMINDER project has recently announced Understanding Migration and Free Movement in the European Union, an interactive online tool based on their research findings.

The project is a large-scale attempt to address the full spectrum of social and economic consequences of migration within the European Union, outlining how this phenomenon is reflected in media, policy and public opinion around Europe. To investigate migration the project is divided into five major themes:

  • Numbers, What do we know about patterns of EU migration? Who is moving where, when, and why?
  • Impacts, What are the major impacts of intra-EU mobility? This section will present our research on the labour market and public service impacts.
  • Media, How has intra-EU mobility been covered by media outlets in Europe? What accounts for the different ways in which the topic is treated?
  • Attitudes, What do people in the EU think about free movement? What factors influence people’s views about this topic?
  • Governance, What are the major laws and regulations governing free movement in Europe? Are they adequate and how could they be improved so that free movement works for everyone?

The tool based on an interactive approach provides short summaries of some of their key findings, showing how different, seemingly unrelated factors within migration debates may affect each other. Choosing their own adventure way in discovering data on migration, users will thus be able to take their journey navigating the platform’s content in the order they prefer to.

Take your journey on the platform here.

A Restless History of Europe

“The truth is

that Europeans have never

sat still for long.

Whichever page of

European history you turn to,

you’ll find migration.”

David Mountain with an article on “We Are Europe” magazine reconstructed the history of the European continent, retracing some relevant events of the past, proving that issues and concerning on migration – which since 2015 with the refugee crisis emerged as the main topics of nationalist rhetoric and politics debate – are nothing new, indeed.

Contrary to what nationalist politicians repeatedly claim, Europe historically is a continent of migration. The mass movement of people is deeply entwined with its history and its inhabitants: Europe, as we know it today, it’s partly the product of internal and external migration. And, although the migration flow of the 21st century shows different characteristics than those of the past, tracing its history, he demonstrated that such wrong ideas, permeating the debate on the migration issue – which is a modern and not a European phenomenon – are wrong and false.

Here the full article.