Join Us is looking for interested people from activist contexts who would like to get involved in our project on a short or long-term basis. As a transnational network, we collect information about the European migration regime, especially with regard to its externalisation policies in Africa. The project was launched by the German newspaper taz in 2015 and has been updated and continued since 2019 under the coordination of the Research Society Flight and Migration (FFM e.V.).

We are looking for people who share our critical view on the European migration control, who insist on the right to freedom of movement for all and who would like to get involved in our work in the short and long term.

This call goes out to people from activist contexts because we want to include the experiences of the direct engagement on the migration routes, in the camps and for the self-organisation of refugees.

What we do

Our website focuses on the externalisation of European borders to so-called third countries. We are documenting the impact of the EU’s externalisation policies on the people in the affected African regions, on migrants as well as on the societies in the affected regions. While focusing on African countries, we also want to provide knowledge on other “hotspots” such as Turkey.

Our website contains comprehensive regional and country reports describing the effects of the EU externalisation policies in the respective country and analyse their social, economic, and political consequences. Furthermore, thematic background reports on development aid, financial instruments, FRONTEX (the EU’s notorious border management agency) or militarisation of borders are an additional source of information. In our blog posts, we share opinion pieces and shorter analyses. We also collect relevant studies and important up-to-date information in a monthly review.

Our goal

We want to create a website where people can get information and learn about the topic of European migration control. It should moreover be a space where people with prior information, activists, students, academics can exchange ideas and find deeper insight. We want our work to be accessible to all people affected by the European migration policies. That is why we are trying to translate as much as possible in four languages: English, French, Arabic, and German.

Our structure

We have several working groups: a coordination group, which meets regularly and ensures the coordination of the project, a blog group, which recruits authors to write blog posts, edits them and collect information for our monthly review, and regional groups, which regularly discuss and update the country reports. We are working with activists, researchers, and journalists in the Middle East, North, East and West Africa, trying to make African perspectives more accessible. A pool of volunteer translators is taking care of the translation of the website’s content.


We ask for your support! How could this work?

For activists:

Field reports: You want to report about concrete observations on migration routes, from the camps, from the confrontation with EU border policies? Then write a blog entry!

You are in contact with people who want to report about their experiences? Get in contact with them, help writing a blog entry! Blog entries from the global south can be paid with a small fee.

Presentation of initiatives: You want to introduce an organisation or an initiative on the website? That’s possible in the wiki.

Long-term commitment:

Coordination: You can invest some time and want to be part of our coordination team? Then come to our next meeting, which takes place every second Thursday!

Editing and text work: You would like to follow current migration policy – or you already do? You like to work with texts and have a good basic knowledge of topics relevant to our work? Become part of our blog team!

Fundraising: We need money, not immediately, but the development of the project, especially the cooperation with people from the northern half of Africa, will require financial resources. If you have an idea, please get in touch!

Communication: The portal is only useful if it is used – by people who work with it, contribute to it, recommend it. If you can imagine doing communication work, you could help spreading the migration control project via Twitter and Facebook, as well as presenting it at relevant events and network meetings!

Translations: You have good language skills in German, English, French or Arabic? Become part of our pool of translators!

Thematic collaboration: Are you interested in a specific region or country? Join our regional group and contribute to the updating of country reports!

IT: We are currently updating the landing page and want to make the layout of the page more accessible. If you can imagine helping with this, please get in touch!

Archive work: You are familiar with European migration policies and have a good overview of relevant strategy papers, reports, and policy documents? Help us to build up our archive!

Are you interested in working with us?
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