Understanding refugee and migrant journeys to Europe

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 how is Europe responding?

The expert panel unpacks these questions, drawing on interviews with hundreds of refugees and migrants who have reached Europe in recent years. The event explores the messy reality of refugee and migrant journeys, and delves into the decisions people make along the way, challenging the assumption that ‘everyone wants to come to Europe’.

In particular, the event explores the themes raised in a new book, Unravelling Europe’s ‘migration crisis’: journeys over land and sea, and ODI research on migrant decision-making in countries of destination and transit.