The Role of NGOs in (de-)Constructing ‘Flight' Migration at the Mediterranean Borders
However, we still know very little about what the Mediterranean member states’ migration regimes have in common. Even lesser analyzed is the role of NGOs in supporting these migrants as well as responding to the media coverage about forced flight from Africa and the Middle East. The aim of this paper is threefold: firstly, we shed light on the practices of NGOs in Southern Europe, particularly focusing on their reaction to, and collaboration with, migration policies at the governmental and EU level. Secondly, we explore the role of meso-level social networks among NGOs in not only supporting migrants but also (un-)making flight migration, by contemplating on the question whether the difference between the “forced” and “voluntary” migration is only a theoretical one. Third, we envisage visualizing our findings through Google Earth. This paper draws on expert interviews and documents collected in our research-based seminar at the University of Bochum.