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When to take a risk

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.15 onwards.

Lunch Time Meeting

When to take a risk

Why do African Migrants Undertake Risky Migration? Evidence from Gambia


Irregular migration to Europe through the sea, though risky, remains one of the most popular migration options for many Sub-Saharan Africans. Policymakers have scaled up their efforts to deter potential migrants from embarking on this dangerous route. However, these efforts must address the relevant factors in the decision-making process of the potential migrants. Do the latter actually know how risky their intended voyage is? Do they have realistic expectations regarding their chances of being granted asylum after their arrival? If not, are their migration intentions affected by more accurate information?
These questions will be addressed at the next MEDAM Seminar with Catia Batista, Professor of Economics at the Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon. Prof. Batista will present recent findings of her research on the incentives to migrate in face of a risky migration route and uncertain asylum prospects. Her empirical analysis draws on a lab-in-the-field experiment conducted in rural Gambia.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the results and possible implications for EU and national policymakers in the area of migration.

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Registration from 10.30 – meeting from 11.00 to 12.15 followed by a sandwich lunch

Andreas Backhaus Andreas Backhaus
Andreas Backhaus

Research Fellow

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Catia Batista

Professor, Nova School of Business and Economics