In the Same Boat: Morocco’s Migration Lessons for Europe

Release Date: 
Friday, January 22, 2016
Mount Gourougou, overlooking Spanish Melilla, was cleared of migrants by the police in February / Image (C) IRIN News

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This year, hundreds of thousands of people crossed the Mediterranean and Europe’s eastern borders seeking refuge. But while global attention was fixed on the boats struggling through the waves, or huddled behind barbed-wire borders, little thought has been given to what happens next. Europe will soon find itself facing the dilemma of how to manage its newest residents - a challenge that Morocco has already faced. 

We are in the same boat.

#InTheSameBoat is a campaign created by a Harvard University field study exploring the lessons that Europe can learn from Morocco's considerable experience in, and novel approach to, managing migration. Over the course of January 2016, this team of researchers will be interviewing a host of Moroccan stakeholders and experts to develop a policy paper drawing lessons relevant to EU member states.

The release of the paper will be accompanied by a podcast produced as part of The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's ATHA program and co-hosted by the Middle East Initiative and Migration Policy Centre in Florence. The podcast is pre-recorded and will be released for download on Friday, January 22, in an interactive event

The team invites you to follow their progress and findings via #InTheSameBoat on Twitter (@MoroccoMigrant), Facebook, or through their blog, which will chart the evolution of their analyses over the course of the study, including team member biographies, videos, pictures and written reflections on the experience.

We hope that you can join us for this upcoming event to investigate what is sure to be one of the most important issues for Europe's future.

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