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EUMAGINE: Imagining Europe from the Outside investigated the impact of perceptions of human rights and democracy on migration aspirations and decisions

Funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, the EUMAGINE project involved more than thirty researchers in seven countries who worked to understand how people in Morocco, Senegal, Turkey and Ukraine relate to the possibility of migration. Following the end of the project in 2013, its data is now available to interested researchers.

EUMAGINE studied how Europe is perceived from outside the EU, and how these perceptions affect migration aspirations and decisions. The project focused on how people’s perceptions on democracy and human rights – in relation to their regions and countries of origin as well as places abroad – affect their perceptions on and attitudes to migration. It also investigated how perceptions on human rights and democracy interact with other determinants of migration aspirations, to what extent migration is perceived as a valuable life project, and how potential migrants compare Europe to other migration destinations. EUMAGINE studied migration-related perceptions among people aged 18–39 in four countries of origin and transit: Morocco, Senegal, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Find out more about the EUMAGINE project, including its methodology and approach, research partners, and project publications.


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