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The politics of evidence-based policy in Europe's 'migration crisis'

Baldwin-Edwards, M; Blitz, BK; Crawley, H; (2019) The politics of evidence-based policy in Europe's 'migration crisis'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 45 (12) pp. 2139-2155. 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1468307. Green open access

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Abstract

Increased migration across the Mediterranean to Europe during 2015 was associated with growing interest in generating new research evidence to assist policymakers in understanding the complexities of migration and improve policy responses. In the UK, this was reflected in funding by the Economic and Social Research Council for a Mediterranean Migration Research Programme. Drawing on evidence from the programme, this volume explores the nature of Europe’s ‘migration crisis’ and the extent to which the development of new migration management policies was grounded in evidence about the causes, drivers and consequences of migration to Europe. The authors conclude that there is a substantial ‘gap’ between the now significant body of evidence examining migration processes and European Union policy responses. This gap is attributed to three main factors: the long-standing ‘paradigm war’ in social research between positivist, interpretivist and critical approaches which means that what counts as ‘evidence’ is contested; competing knowledge claims associated with research and other forms of evidence used to construct and/or support policy narratives; and, perhaps most importantly, the politics of policymaking, which has resulted in policies based on underlying assumptions and vested interests rather than research evidence, even where this evidence is funded directly by European governments.

Type: Article
Title: The politics of evidence-based policy in Europe's 'migration crisis'
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1468307
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1468307
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Europe, migration, research, evidence-based policy, politics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076928
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