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Over recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy as part of what has come to be known as Europe’s ‘migration crisis’. An intensification of controls on international population movements has taken place both at sea and after arrival. This project seeks to better understand what the impact of attempts by EU institutions and national governments to manage the crisis has been on migrants’ status and journeys. It also serves to document the ongoing crisis through the experiences of newly arrived migrants and refugees.
The research seeks to contribute to improving the reception and settlement conditions of people who have arrived as part of the recent unprecedented levels of migration across, and loss of life in, the Mediterranean. It does so by building networks and collaborating with local practitioners and activists across southern Italy, from providers of formal rescue and reception facilities to social movements and volunteers in squats, occupations and camps in the region.
Comment pieces are also periodically published reflecting project findings, including the following:
Border Control and the Precarious Lives of Migrants in Italy, Oxford Border Criminologies (Dec. 2016)
After the Boats: Refugee Reception and the Production of Irregularity in Italy’s Migration Crisis, Middle East Institute, Washington DC (July 2016)
The grey areas of migration control: quick asylum decisions risk denying individuals their right to protection, LSE Europp (Dec. 2015)
The inferno that engulfed the Grenfell Tower was a personal disaster for the many who lost their friends and families. The subsequent analysis and media frenzy highlighted issues of housing, social justice and racism. In a city celebrated for its diversity and social liberalism but which is polarised by race and class, poor working class and communities of colour appear to have been corralled into the worst housing in a global city in the 21st century.
This report presents an analysis of white working-class communities’ perspectives on belonging, change, identity, and immigration. Recent studies about the white working class focus on national politics, religion, and immigration; this study tells a national story from a grassroots perspective with an eye toward the prospects for cross-racial coalition building between working-class white communities and communities of color.
Collaborate to Train is a three-year project that will engage with over 250 local small businesses and support them to increase their involvement in the education and workforce training system.
Exceed in Coventry is a three-year project providing tailored help and support to over 1,300 Coventry residents, enabling them to progress into education, training, job search or employment.
ConnectMe is a three-year project supporting Coventry’s long term unemployed and economically inactive people. The project aims to make it easier for people who are experiencing barriers to employment to move into education, training or employment.