New EU-funded project assesses the production and impact of migration narratives

The Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) and VUB’s Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM) are partners in the new BRIDGES project funded by the H2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It aims to understand the causes and consequences of migration narratives in a context of increasing politicization and polarisation. 

Why do some migration narratives become dominant over others in public and political debates? And how do narratives shape individual attitudes in Europe and potential migrants’ decisions in countries of origin and transit? These and other questions will be tackled in the project BRIDGES, which adopts an interdisciplinary and co-productive approach and focuses on six European countries: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It is implemented by a diverse consortium formed by universities, think tanks and research centres, cultural associations, and civil society organisations from all over Europe. The BSoG/VUB team is in charge of a workpackage that analyses how EU-funded information campaigns impact on potential migrants’ decisions, focusing on two African states as case studies (Sudan and the Gambia). The project kicked off on 21 and 22 April 2021. If interested, we invite you to subscribe to the project newsletter or follow the research on Twitter (@BIRMM_VUB; @BRIDGES_Migration).