Unravelling Europe's 'migration crisis'

Published 18 January 2018 / By Heaven Crawley, Franck Düvell, Katharine Jones, Simon McMahon and Nando Sigona

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What is it like to travel to Europe over land and sea in order to secure a future for yourself and your family? Why are so many people willing to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean? What are their hopes and fears? And why is Europe, one of the richest regions of the world, unable to cope?

Drawing on compelling first-hand accounts from 500 people who arrived on the shores of Europe in 2015, this important new book unpacks their routes, experiences and decisions. It provides a framework for understanding the dynamics underpinning recent unprecedented levels of migration across, and loss of life in, the Mediterranean, casting new light on the ‘migration crisis’ and challenging politicians, policy makers and the media to rethink their understanding of why and how people move.

A launch event Understanding refugee and migrant journeys to Europe was held on 15 January 2018, at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London.


Crawley, H., Düvell, F., Jones, K., McMahon, S., and Sigona, N. (2017) Unravelling Europe’s ‘migration crisis’: Journeys over land and sea, Policy Press