IES-VUB hosts the first discussion in academia of the ‘Scaling Fences. Voices of Irregular African Migrants’ to Europe’ report by UNDP-Africa

On Thursday 14 November IES-VUB hosted the first discussion in academia of the ‘Scaling Fences. Voices of Irregular African Migrants’ to Europe’ report by UNDP-Africa. The report was presented by Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, UNDP assistant secretary-general and Mohamed Yahja, research director of the Scaling fences project. Almost 2000 irregular migrants in Europe were surveyed, from 39 different countries. The report shows that the large majority of Irregular migrants who made the journey from Africa to Europe would do so again despite knowing the dangers of the trip. In line with previous research, the report demonstrates that irregular African migrants are higher skilled and have more financial means than the average population in their countries. The presentation was introduced by IES professor Ilke Adam. The research results were discussed by Prof Ine Lietaert, UNU-CRIS and Ghent University, Prof Ilse Ruyssen- UGhent, IES PhD researcher Omar Cham and Dr. Ortrun Merkle, UNU-MERIT.