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Project EUMAGINE. Imagining Europe from the outside was launched

Seventh Framework Programme. Theme 8. Socio-economic sciences and the humanities SSH-2009-4.2.2; perspectives from outside the eu on human rights, democracy and peace. Collaborative project small or medium-scale focused research project
Currently the consortium that runs the project consists of six partners, coordinated by the Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium), the other partners are:
-   University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
-  International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (Norway)
-   Centre of Sociological Research (Ukraine)
- Koc University (Turkey)
-   Université Mohamed V (Morocco) 
-   Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Sénégal).
The project study four major migration ‘source’ and ‘transit’ countries, namely Ukraine, Morocco, Senegal and Turkey. For research purposes, the consortium is divided in four Geographical Duo Teams (each composed of a EU and non-EU partner). The project is based on a multidisciplinary, mixed-method approach (survey, in-depth interviews and observations) and adopts a case study approach. Comparing a diversity of important international emigration countries, various types of regions within these countries, several modes of migration, various types of influential discourses, and different profiles of potential migrants will be studied in order to provide insights on how perceptions on human rights and democracy are related to migration aspirations and decisions.
Starting date of the project: 1 February 2010
Duration of the project: 3 years
Key tasks:
1. Redaction of a country report on the human rights & democracy situation, human rights institutions & activities, migration statistics and emigration policy on two levels: (1) country level; and (2) region level.
 2. Field work:
Preparation of field work:
-   Completion of administrative procedures, such as formal research permission to conduct field work.
-   First introduction into the four selected regions per country, become familiar with the research contexts and develop networks with relevant institutions and key figures.
-   Author a brief report on the four selected regions, with concrete recommendations and guidelines for the field work.
-   translation of the questionnaire & interview topic list into Ukrainian & Russian
-   training in interview techniques/participant observation of the local researchers who will be involved in the data collection in the four regions.
-   face-to-face survey
Qualitative field work:
-   Development of a specific scenario for participant observation.
-   Participant observation
-   translation of interview topic list into Ukrainian & Russian
-   transcription of interviews and participant observation material,
-   translation of the transcriptions into English
-   Creation of a qualitative data base for Ukraine.
-   detailed qualitative data analysis
-   data entry of the quantitative data into a pooled data file.
-   detailed data analysis and hypothesis testing for the survey per country and four locations.
-   relate Human Rights & democracy analysis to survey and qualitative data
-   publication of a working paper of within-country results in Ukraine based on the quantitative and qualitative field work
-   organization of expert seminar in Ukraine
-  collaboration in policy briefs related to the project
-   participation in the international conference

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