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NoVaMigra - final report

The EU Horizon 2020 project NoVaMigra (Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis) has published its final report.

The report discusses how the EU's core norms and values relate to migration and provides recommendations for a rights-based, democratic perspective for the EU’s migration and refugee policy. In particular, it finds that:

  • Although talk about “European values” has grown more salient after the “refugee crisis”, the meaning of these values has become increasingly unclear. 
  • Values’ lack of definition poses a problem to the legitimacy of the EU, since actors invoke the same values to justify an increasingly incompatible range of policies. 
  • In response, the EU and the EU member states should initiate a public dialogue about the EU’s core commitments that focusses on human rights and human dignity rather than “European values”.

NoVaMigra set out to provide a comprehensive understanding of the content, meaning and use of values in European migration and integration politics since the “refugee crisis” of 2015. From 2018 to 2021, the project combined philosophical analysis with legal theory, social sciences and anthropological approaches to pursue three leading questions. First, researchers reconstructed what Europe’s core values are and how they relate to migration. Secondly, they analysed if and how these values have changed in the wake of the 2015 “refugee crisis”. Finally, they went on to construct core principles for a realistic cosmopolitan migration policy, which remains true to the EU's core norms and values.

NoVaMigra final report can be downloaded here.

NoVaMigra is a joint research initiative of nine European and North American universities and research institutes based in Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Chicago (USA), Essen (Germany), Malmö (Sweden), Milan (Italy), Paris (France), Poznan (Poland) and Utrecht (The Netherlands). The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 770330. The University of Milan has been part of the research consortium with a team coordinated by professors Alessandra Facchi and Nicola Riva of the Department of Social and Political Sciences. 

For more information on the project, visit www.novamigra.eu, read from relevant disciplines on current issues and developments in the field of migration, asylum and European integration on our NoVaMigra.Blog, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


29 luglio 2021
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