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The MIGRANTS project in support of Migration Studies // International Migrants Day 2020

UNIMED celebrates International Migrants Day on December 18th by reiterating its commitment to the inclusion of Migrants in education. We seize this special occasion to present to you the MIGRANTS Project in which UNIMED teams up with other partners to work for migrants in Tunisia. 


The Central Mediterranean route originating from African countries and arriving to Italy through Libya has traditionally been one of the main sea routes of migrations towards Europe. The area from which the migration flow comes from is characterized by many instability factors. The presence of armed conflicts, weak or failed states, difficult political transitions, terrorist groups, extreme human rights violations, poverty and demographic pressure all play a role as push factors in the more recent migration flows towards Europe. Since the beginning 2018 more than 2,000 people have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. This figure captures only a fraction of the current migration phenomenon, which stretches across all sides of the Mediterranean and across Europe.

According to Global Compact’s vision of international migration (“Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” adopted at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December 2018), it is important to recognize that a comprehensive approach is needed to optimize the overall benefits of migration, while addressing risks and challenges for individuals and communities in all the countries involved.

The migration phenomenon has to be addressed outside the logic of emergence by improving cooperation and shared policies on international migration with the final objective to reduce the risks of irregular and not-governed migration, both for people on the move and for people living in transit and destination countries. Good governance and migration policies prevent, combat and eradicate smuggling in the context of international migration. Only in this way can we ensure that migration works as a source of prosperity, innovation and sustainable development.

Given its geo-political situation, Tunisia plays a major role in the migration governance strategy, not only for itself but also for all the surrounding countries, including EU Member States. In this context and with the aim of finding adequate and sustainable solutions, the University of Palermo in collaboration with other academic and non-academic partners has decided to develop the MIGRANTS project whose objective is to strengthen the capacity of the Tunisian High Education Institutions to train staff who will be able to plan and implement governance measures and policies for a safe, orderly and regular migration.

In order to achieve this general objective, the project adopts a strategy consistent with the Erasmus+ Guidelines, which is articulated through the institutionalization and accreditation of a Joint Master Degree between the three Tunisian Partner Universities (University of Tunis El Manar, University of Tunis, University of Al Manouba) and many forms of training and qualification for professors and young researchers who will set up the teaching staff of the Master. This objective is complemented by the will to improve Partner Universities teaching staff’s capabilities by a comprehensive program of trainings, job shadowing activities, coaching and mentoring actions and support in acquiring scientific qualification in Migration Studies.

During the first and the second years of the project until February 2021, 9 Training Weeks are being carried out by experts from the three European partners of the project: UNIMED, COSPE and CLEDU. They aim to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of migration from various perspectives. Lately, in October 2020, the first Job shadowing session was organized by COSPE, and constituted a training-on-the-job activity hosted by civil society organizations having a proven expertise in the field of migration and international cooperation. By attending this formative experience, the Tunisian university professors have had the chance to enhance their competences and skills in the field of migration as well as to get an insight into the role and activities of the CSOs working in this specific area.

For more information about the MIGRANTS Project, you can visit the MIGRANTS Project’s website: https://migrantsproject.eu/

You can learn more on this International Day on the UN page and take part in initiatives carried out today on social media through the dedicated hashtags #WeTogether #MigrantsDay #InternationalMigrantsDay.