Since 2019, the Rabat Process collaborates with the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC). In October 2019 a Scenario-building workshop was organized in the margins of a Rabat Process meeting in Abidjan which analysed future mixed migration in West Africa in 2030. In addition, the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the MMC and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), who ensures the Rabat Process Secretariat, is underway. Now a new publication highlights the work of the MMC, including its collaboration with the Rabat Process.

MMC: Insights and evidence on mixed migration

The Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) is a leading source for independent and high-quality data, information, research and analysis on mixed migration. Through the provision of credible evidence and expertise on mixed migration, the MMC aims to support well-informed decision-making. The MMC was established by the Danish Refugee Council in 2018 as an attempt “to create a global platform that, based on evidence and analysis, offers a voice of reason and reflection in the often emotional and politicized debate on migration and people on the move”(MMC).

The MMC is a global network, focusing on seven regions, including West Africa, North Africa and Europe. Once of MMC’s flagship projects is its Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi), which stations monitors along key migration routes around the world, conducting in-depth interviews with refugees and migrants on the move. This field-based network provides MMC with close access to people on the move, which helps to ground their work in operational reality. While maintaining a strong focus on intra-regional migration, MMC also undertakes cross-regional collaboration and follows a route-based approach to data collection, research, analysis and policy engagement.

Find out more about the MMC on their website or in the brochure “Insights and evidence on mixed migration: An introduction to the work of the Mixed Migration Centre”

Collaboration with the Rabat Process

To widen the reach of their work, the MMC seeks partnerships with other stakeholders in the field of migration: “The MMC is a relatively small organisation, with highly independent global and regional teams working together in a network organisation to ensure agility. However, to increase our visibility, scope and reach and ensure uptake of our data and analysis, we often partner with other organisations and are active members of different fora“ (MMC).

One of these partners is the Rabat Process. Audrey Jolivel, ICMPD Coordinator of the Rabat Process Secretariat, describes the collaboration as follows: “As the Secretariat of the intergovernmental Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development (Rabat Process), we have been looking for a reliable partner offering high quality, evidence-based data with innovative, forward-thinking approaches to support policy debates and decision-making. We found such a partner in the MMC who has supported us in delivering a top-notch scenario-building exercise to the Rabat Process countries in October 2019. As a result of this successful pilot project, we are now moving a step forward with the development of another exciting fully-fledged scenario building package as well as a signature of a strategic partnership between our two organisations.”

- "Insights and evidence on mixed migration: An introduction to the work of the Mixed Migration Centre"