RESPOND - Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond

Objectives and research questions

With the goal of enhancing the governance capacity and policy coherence of the EU, its member states and neighbours, RESPOND is a comprehensive study of migration governance in the wake of the 2015 Refugee Crisis which is one of the biggest challenges that the EU has faced since its establishment. The crisis foregrounded the vulnerability of European borders, the tenuous jurisdiction of the Schengen system and broad problems with multi-level governance of migration and integration. One of the most visible impacts of the refugee crisis has been the polarization of politics in EU Member States and intra-Member State policy (in)coherence in responding to the crisis. Bringing together 14 partners from seven disciplines, RESPOND aims to:

  1. provide an in-depth understanding of the governance of recent mass migration at macro (national, supranation), meso (subnational, local)and micro (individual migrant) levels through cross-country comparative research;
  2. critically analyse governance practices with the aim of enhancing the migration governance capacity and policy coherence of the EU, its member states and third countries.

RESPOND will study migration governance through a narrative which is constructed along five thematic fields:

(1) Border management and security,

(2) Refugee protection regimes,

(3) Reception policies,

(4) Integration policies, and

(5) Conflicting Europeanization.

Each thematic field is reflecting a juncture in the migration journey of refugees and designed to provide a holistic view of policies, their impacts and responses given by affected actors within.

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  • Uppsala Universitet (project coordination), Sweden
  • The Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • The University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi, Turkey
  • Swedish Research Institute Istanbul, Turkey
  • Özyegin Universitesi, Turkey
  • Universita Degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • Panepistimio Aigaiou, Greece
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland
  • Københavns Universitet, Denmark
  • Lebanon Support, Lebanon
  • Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, Iraq


December 2017 to November 2020


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research innovation programme under grant agreement No. 770564.

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