End-User Panel Annual Survey #4 – what have we learnt?
The MIGNEX End-User Panel (EUP) is comprised of members of the policy community, academia, civil society and private sector.
Each year, we consult the panel to ensure the practical relevance of MIGNEX research for its audiences and end-users. Here we share the results of the 2022 survey.
The 2022 EUP annual survey is the fourth round of the survey, which has been conducted every year since the summer of 2019. As of 2022, there are 179 end-user panel members, and recruitment is ongoing. Response rates have declined since the baseline survey in 2019 when 54% of members responded to the survey, while in 2022 only 20% did. This is probably the result of survey fatigue.
Despite this drop, the majority of 2022 respondents (71%) had also completed the 2021 EUP Survey, hence there has been high continuity in participation among previous respondents.
Key takeaways from our fourth annual survey
We asked respondents about their geographic and thematic areas of interest, their views on the migration-development nexus and their usage of MIGNEX outputs. The complete report detailing our 2022 EUP survey findings can be found here. We summarise our five key takeaways below:
- 80% of respondents think that the impact of country development on migration could lead sometimes to more migration and sometimes to less migration, where this relationship depends on several factors such as the type of development (63%), the country’s level of development (51%), and the demographic characteristics of a population (49%), whereas migration policies are less of a determinant factor in their views (only in 37% of responses).
- Nearly two thirds of respondents do not have a strong stand on whether out-migration impacts development in their countries of origin positively or negatively but rather consider that the effect depends on different factors. Half of respondents think that it depends on the characteristics of the migrants; whereas two in five respondents think it depends on the characteristics of the country, on policies in the country and on the amount of remittances sent.
- Most respondents (70%) think that seeking to reduce migration from countries of origin should never be the objective of European policy, whereas nearly one fifth of respondents (17%) are uncertain about whether this should be the objective of European policy. Only a small proportion consider that this should be a priority in development cooperation (3%) or think that these policies are a good idea, but unlikely to have an effect (11%).
- Survey respondents strongly believe that migration policies can indeed influence migration flows where nearly 60% consider that they can both stop and encourage migration.
- The value that EUP members receive from different aspects of MIGNEX translates into high usage of MIGNEX outputs, where 71% of respondents have already used several outputs such as reading, sharing or referring to them and 83% indicate that they are planning on using them in the future.
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