Transitory Lives is an ESRC/DFID funded research project on the refugee/migration crisis in the Mediterranean. It focuses on the central and south eastern Mediterranean migration routes covering the channel of Sicily and three Aegean islands, Lesvos, Lemnos and Chios. The study addresses this urgent social crisis by bringing a network of academics with long term regional expertise together with practitioners and NGOs directly involved in humanitarian aid and support in order to fill an important gap in knowledge about the current refugee/migration emergency. Our comparative study addresses the social effects of high-risk migration upon migrants and receiving communities, documents the shortcomings and strengths of current policies and structures, and is designed to facilitate further development of comprehensive research and policy responses to migration emergencies.
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