Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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The dynamics of current discourses on migration in the European public sphere undermine the project of European integration by foregrounding the notion of crisis instead of uniting EU member states in an effort to overcome the challenges through successful integration and migration management. The ambition of OPPORTUNITIES is to put a more inclusive narrative on migration on the political and societal agenda by acknowledging that every crisis is also an opportunity. The project thus reconceptualizes the narrative of crisis which has dominated European discourses since 2015/ 2016 as a chance to revisit foundational principles of migration debate, create new knowledge on the impact of narratives, and initiate forward-looking narrative strategies which enable us to come to terms with a world in flux. Rethinking crisis as an opportunity for change, progress, and improvement, we believe, will serve the project of building a more inclusive, diverse, and gender-equal Europe.

⇢ see also crisis, European integration, narrative dynamics

Category: C

Work Package: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

[CG / RS]