Webinar on the Western Balkans, Northern France and Belgium


Mixed Migration Trends and Dynamics in the Western Balkans, Northern France and Belgium

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Last year, the highest number of migrants and refugees were detected at the EU’s borders since 2016, with many coming from Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. MMC’s research report on the Western Balkans examines the irregular movements of refugees and migrants on the route towards the EU and provides insights into intra-Western Balkans migration trends, smuggling dynamics, and the serious protection issues that vulnerable groups continue to face.

Meanwhile, policies and awareness campaigns aimed at deterring migration to France, Belgium, and the UK are being adopted, with limited results, as people keep embarking on dangerous crossings. MMC’s research report on Northern France and Belgium presents findings on the mixed migration dynamics, interactions between policy and route dynamics, current conditions, and protection issues faced in the region.

The findings from both studies will be presented and discussed in this webinar, which will be recorded and shared with all registrants.


  • Welcome and Introduction by Roberto Forin, Acting Head of MMC Europe
  • Presentation of Research Findings by Jane Linekar, Head of Research and 4Mi
  • Panel Discussion with migration experts:

– Julie Lejeune, Director, NANSEN
– Julien Buha Collette, Operational Team Leader – Regional Support Team Europe, Médecins Sans Frontières
– Sasa Kecman, Director, Centre for Security and Migration Dialogue
– Sibylle Christina Aebi, Head of Programme – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Danish Refugee Council

  • Q&A and Closing