Forecasting Bilateral Refugee Flows with High-dimensional Data and Machine Learning Techniques
ITFLOWS researchers -from UAB and IfW- Konstantin Boss, Andre Groeger, Tobias Heidland, Finja Krueger and Conghan Zheng published a recent article on forecasting refugee flows to the Europen Union, using machine learning and high-dimensional data, including digital trace data from Google Trends.
Embedding Ethical Principles into AI Predictive Tools for Migration Management in Humanitarian Action
ITFLOWS researchers, Emma Teodoro and Andrea Guillén, both from the Institute of Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, (Autonomous University of Barcelona) recently published this paper to discuss about the operationalization of AI ethical principles in AI predictive tools for migration management in the humanitarian field.
Analyzing social media for measuring public attitudes toward controversies & their driving factors: a case study of migration
ITFLOWS researchers from FIZ Karlsruhe -Yiyi Chen, Harald Sack and Mehwish Alam- recently published an interesting paper on social media analysis: “Analyzing social media for measuring public attitudes toward controversies & their driving factors: a case study of migration”. This study aims at measuring the public attitudes toward migration in terms of sentiments and hate speech from a large number of tweets crawled on the decisive topic of migration. This study introduces a knowledge base (KB) of anonymized migration-related annotated tweets termed as MigrationsKB (MGKB).
The Role of Emerging Predictive IT Tools in Effective Migration Governance
ITFLOWS Researchers have published a study in the journal of Politics and Governance titled The Role of Emerging Predictive IT Tools in Effective Migration Governance. The paper, which was co-authored by ITFLOWS coordinator Dr Cristina Blasi Casagran, and ITFLOWS researchers Dr Colleen Boland, Dr Elena Sánchez-Montijano and Dr Eva Vilà Sanchez, provides an in-depth examination of selected existing predictive tools in the migration field and their impact on the governance of migratory flows. It focuses on a comparative qualitative examination of these tools’ scope, as well as how these characteristics link to their respective underlying migration theory, research question, or objective. It overviews how several organisations have developed tools to predict short- or longer-term migration patterns, or to assess and estimate migration uncertainties. The journal article is available open sources, and can be accessed at the following link:
Migrations KB: A KNOWLEDGE BASE OF PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS MIGRATIONS AND THEIR DRIVING FACTORS
Our colleagues Yiyi Chen, Harald Sack and Mehwish Alam from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute AIFB, Germany, recently published a study which focuses on developing a knowledge base of public attitudes towards migration and their driving forces. The study aims to provide better understanding of public attitudes towards migrations, possible reasons as to why these attitudes towards migrations are what they are, define a Knowledge Base (KB) which takes into account the semantics underlying this field of study, and finally publish this resource using FAIR principles (Wilkinson, 2016), i.e., make the resource Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.
Dr Andrea Guillén (IDT) and Dr Emma Teodoro (UAB) have developed the ITFLOWS Ethics Handbook for the Interviewing Team. The handbook highlights the most relevant ethical issues which must be considered when conducting the interviews with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers during the ITFLOWS project, while also providing provides general ethical tips to address ethical concerns that may arise during the interviews.
ITFLOWS D8.1. is part of Work Package 8 that consists of five thematic Policy Briefs which contain policy solutions and recommendations for national authorities of the EU Member States, EU institutions, local governments, and international and non-governmental organisations. This Executive Summary includes an overview of each Policy Brief as it was submitted to the European … Continued
This brief, written by Madalina Moraru from Brunel University London, outlines the ways in which migrants are exposed to both ‘external’ and ‘internal’ push-backs by and between the Member States, while also underscoring the importance of safeguarding the physical safety and integrity of people seeking asylum. Download the Policy Brief here
The global pandemic COVID-19 has strained health care systems and social services, and caused an overall negative economic and social impact throughout Europe. Migrants en route to or residing in Europe are especially disadvantaged, not only due to border closures, but also because many were already in precarious situations with limited access to social protection … Continued
Analysis on migration drivers and trajectories along the Eastern Mediterranean Route (South-Central Asia & Middle East); Central and Western Mediterranean Routes and the Western Africa Route (North, West, and the Horn of Africa), and the Atlantic Route (South-Central America) (D3.2)
Within the context of Work Package (WP) 8, “Policy reach and recommendations,” the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) were assigned to co-organise a series of workshops with policy makers in Brussels.
Before the five workshops that will take place during the international conference entitled "Predicting Migration: Challenges, Opportunities and Policies", all attendees will receive material integrating and summarising the research findings emerging from the ITFLOWS Scientific Work Packages and translating them into a preliminary set of policy implications.
These would be then presented and discussed with the policy workshop participants in order to get their feedback and verification in terms of priority and feasibility.
Qualitative study of drivers and trajectories of mixed migration towards the EU (MS3)
This paper sets out the conceptual and analytical framework guiding the qualitative strand of research to be carried out within ITFLOWS project’s Work Package 3, which focuses on the study of drivers and trajectories of mixed migration towards the EU.
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