Smart Migration and Asylum Governance (SMAG) The overall aim of the “Smart Migration Asylum Governance” research program is to contribute to a better understanding of the governance of asylum and migration. This requires both a better understanding of the effects of migration and asylum policies on mobilities and mobility choices as well as a better understanding of the dynamics of international cooperation, how different sets of policies adopted by some countries influence policymaking elsewhere, how policies adopted at in different contexts interact with each other. This study is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, Grant no 10 ST AMIF 2319F – 230/20 BS. More information on the subprojects implemented under this project is available at



Almasri, S. (2023). Why is Syria a War but Not Afghanistan? Nationality-based aid and protection in Turkey’s Syria refugee response. Refugee Survey Quarterly 42, Special Issue 1: 29-54, Oxford Academic

Almasri, S. (2023). Crisis management: A look at differentiated refugee support in countries of first asylum. Zenodo: DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8215120

De Luca, G., Lampoltshammer, T. (2023). Towards the Computational Modelling of Human Migration Using Agent-based Simulations (Policy Brief). Zenodo: DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8215076

Weisner, Z. (2023). The Impact of European Border Externalization on Humanitarian Aid and Access in the Sahel Region. Zenodo: DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8215130

De Luca, G.; Lampoltshammer, T.J.; Parven, S.; Scholz, J. (2022). A Literature Review on the Usage of Agent-Based Modelling to Study Policies for Managing International Migration. Social Sciences, Social Sciences, 11(8), 356: 356, MDPI

De Luca, G.; Parven, S. (2022). Book review of Gabriel Echeverría (2020). Towards a Systemic Theory of Irregular Migration: Explaining Ecuadorian Irregular Migration in Amsterdam and Madrid. Migration Letters, 19 (2): 247-252, Transnational Press London

Almasri, S. (2022). Exclusive Refuge: Origins, causes and impacts of exclusionary nationality-based targeting in refugee protection and aid.

Weisner, Z.; Courbon, J. (2022). Activation of the temporary protection directive: Renaissance or tight-rope act for the EU asylum system? Polis180, Polis Blog

Weisner, Z.; Pozniak, R. (2022). Care as counteraction: Addressing border deaths at the European Union’s periphery. Routed Magazine, Routed Migration & (Im)mobility Magazine, Issue 20 Displacement, governance & human rights: nn

Almasri, S. (2021). The Political Economy of Nationality-Based Labor Inclusion Strategies: A Case Study of the Jordan Compact. Middle East Critique, Volume 30, Issue 2: 185-203

Almasri, S. (2021). Power, Protection and Policy: The Condition of Domestic Workers in the Arab States during COVID-19. In: Diab, J. L.; Dharani, U. B., Female Migrant Labourers and COVID-19 in Asia: 10-12, Global Research Network, Canterbury, UK

Almasri, S. (2021). Book review: "Handbook of Translocal Development and Global Mobilities". MIgration & (Im)mobility Magazine / Routed, 18: n/a, n/a


The Impact of European Border Externalization on Humanitarian Aid and Access in the Sahel Region

Smart Migration and Asylum Governance (SMAG) Policy Workshop, 07/12/2022

(Mis-)Trust in Transit – Local effects of external migration control on migrant's humanitarian access in the Sahel region

Migration Control Workshop "De-centring and Contesting Externalisation in West Africa and Beyond", SOAS University of London, 20/09/2022

Security for whom and how?: Migrants' Practices of Self-Protection and Care within the EU Externalized Border Regime

EISA 9th European Workshops in International Studies, Workshop "Feminist and Postcolonial Perspectives on the European Union's Security Policies", 08/07/2022

(Mis-)Trust in Transit: Local effects of external migration control on humanitarian access to migrants in two West African transit locations

19th IMISCOE Annual Conference 2022, Migration and Time: Temporalities of Mobility, Governance, and Resistance, 01/07/2022

Austerity in the MENA region and post-COVID social protection

MAJALAT EU Southern Neighborhood Policy Seminar: For a Shift of the Post-Covid19 Development Paradigm, 30/11/2021

Female Migrant Labourers and COVID-19 in Asia

Global Research Network War, Conflict and Global Migration Think Tank, 05/11/2021

The European Union’s response to the refugee situation in Afghanistan

What role for the EU Pact on Migration and the UN Global Compact on Refugees?; Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, 17/09/2021

Refugee Inclusion -- for whom? A Case Study of the Influence of Aid Politics on Refugee Inclusion Strategies in the Jordan Compact

IMISCOE Annual Conference on “Crossing borders, connecting cultures”, 08/07/2021

A Critique of Nationality-Based Aid [Protection?] and Inclusion Policy

EuroMedMig "Mediterranean Migration Studies: Theoretical and Empirical Research Agenda", 28/06/2021

Gender, COVID and labour: Politics and policy of domestic work during lockdowns

The COVID-19 impacts on migration and migrants from a gender perspective’ Inception Workshop, International Organization for Migration, 14/06/2021

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