DYNAMIG project (2023-2025)

From January 2023 until December 2025, ECDPM will be involved in the DYNAMIG project on migration, with seven other research institutes and organisations in Europe and Africa.

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    About the project

    DYNAMIG is a three-year project that aims to create a more thorough understanding of how people make decisions on whether and how to migrate. We will analyse to what extent the diverse experiences of migrants are taken into consideration when migration policies – or policies that impact migration – are made. We will also look at how effective these policies are in shaping migrants’ decisions and behaviour.

    The DYNAMIG project focuses on EU policies and on migrants from African countries and regions because Africa is the continent where proportionally the most people have aspirations to migrate and African countries are central to EU policies that aim to influence migration. Some of these policies aim to limit irregular border crossings, while others seek to improve living conditions elsewhere, promote regular migration or protect migrants’ rights.

    But to analyse the extent to which EU policies influence migration movements and decisions on the African continent, we need to take into account the diversity of migrants’ personal experiences and consider policies in origin, transfer and host countries. That is why we will have conversations with migrants who are planning to leave, who are in transit and who have returned, and also look at African policies that impact migration.

    Through this project, we aim to shed light on the complexities and challenges of migration and managing migration movements. We want to contribute to a more nuanced and evidence-based understanding of the diverse trajectories of migration and of policies that impact migration.

    The DYNAMIG project employs a mix of innovative data collection and analysis methods and draws on a range of social sciences: development economics, geography, media, politics, sociology and social statistics. The project’s most detailed data collection will focus on five African countries from three regions: Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya.

    Visit the DYNAMIG project website

    Funding, timeline and partners

    The DYNAMIG project is financed through the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme and will run from 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2025. The project involves eight research institutes and universities in Europe and Africa, and is led by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.


    This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 101094347.

    ECDPM's contribution

    ECDPM will be closely involved in the research and will be leading on outreach and impact.

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    For questions about the project, visit our project website or contact our management coordinator Matthias Lücke at matthias.luecke@ifw-kiel.de. For communications or media enquiries, get in touch with Nina Thijssen at nth@ecdpm.org.

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