01 Feb PERCEPTIONS seminar “Migration to Europe: perceptions in times of COVID-19”
On the 28th of January, partners from the University of Granada hosted a seminar in the Melilla campus of the university to share results from the PERCEPTIONS project so far.
Around 40 people attended the talk, titled Migraciones a Europa: Percepciones en tiempos de COVID-19 (Migration to Europe: perceptions in times of COVID-19), in which researchers Fernando García Quero, Marina García Carmona, and Jorge Ollero Perán shared results from the survey, interviews, and focus groups conducted in WP3 in the project. Results discussed included the diverse nature of migrants’ perceptions, how these perceptions are formed, the current risks migrants and practitioners face, and migration as a complex, multifactorial process. The impact of COVID-19 on migration was also highlighted.
As well as results from the PERCEPTIONS project, the seminar also shared proposals and recommendations integrating wider academic investigation, for example, the need to change dominant narratives around migration, and normalise migration as both a natural, unstoppable phenomenon and as an opportunity (or even a necessity) for Europe.