Tracking perceptions of people on the move
through the Middle East and Europe
Ground Truth Solutions is one of the seven NGOs that have jointly launched a mixed migration platform to deliver research, analysis and policy recommendations for a better understanding of mixed migration patterns in the Middle East and Europe and to enhance the protection of, and information available to, people on the move. The Mixed Migration Platform (MMP), funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Switzerland’s Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA), is an initiative that aims to provide quality information and protection-sensitive analysis to improve decision-making, both for people on the move through the Middle East and Europe, as well as for host governments and humanitarian organisations who are involved in the response. The MMP is a consortium of seven NGOs – ACAPS, Danish Refugee Council, Ground Truth Solutions, Internews, INTERSOS, IMPACT Initiatives, which is the host agency of REACH, and Translators without Borders – established in October 2016.
Ground Truth Solutions’ contribution to the platform is a real time collection and analysis of feedback about the perceptions of people in different stages of displacement (borderlands, transit countries and countries of final destination). Ground Truth is covering five countries with its analytical products. A mix of quantitative and qualitative data collection rounds is conducted in each country. The focus of the surveys is on people’s experience as refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and their perceptions of the assistance they receive from humanitarian agencies.
The first quantitative round of surveys were conducted in Austria, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey in spring 2017, followed by focus group discussions in each country, delving deeper into issues surfaced in the surveys. A report focusing on unaccompanied minors’ perceptions in Greece was issued in July 2017. A round of quantitative and qualitative data collection in Izmir, Turkey is currently underway. The issued reports are available below.