Understand the Impact of Novel Technologies, Social Media, and Perceptions in Countries Abroad on Migration Flows and the Security of the EU & Provide Validated Counter Approaches, Tools and Practices (2019 - 2022)

Programma di finanziamento:

Programma HORIZON 2020:  “Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens”


The PERCEPTIONS project aims to identify and understand narratives, imaginations and (mis-)perceptions of the EU – held outside of Europe – and the way they are distributed via various channels. Furthermore, we investigate how the information flow might be distorted and how a mismatch of expectations and reality caused by certain narratives might lead to security threats.

The main objectives of the PERCEPTIONS project are to (1) identify narratives, images and perceptions of Europe abroad, (2) investigate how different narratives could lead to problems, unrealistic expectations, security threats or even radicalisation in what way; and (3) create toolkits of creative and innovative measures to react or even counteract on them, considering psychological, societal and structural aspects.

Previous research suggests that perceptions on Europe are formed in the country of residence, and they are based on a multitude of sources; and factors influencing migration are on different levels – from the overall socio-economic situation in a country to perceptions on educational opportunities and gender equality. Due to new communication technologies, claims can take on a life of their own, and might raise unrealistic expectations or disapproval. At the same time, however, technologies and communication networks might also provide a channel to avoid a mismatch of expectation and reality and to promote the desired narratives.

The team of the Department of Psychology will analyze:

  • Job competencies of first-line practitioners and border guards in Europe
  • Organizational and community interventions on migrants’ and officers' misperception of job opportunities in Europe

Durata del progetto/Project duration

2019 – 2022 (36 months)

Responsabile scientifico

Prof. Luca Pietrantoni
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)


Altro Dipartimento coinvolto dell’Università di Bologna

Dipartimento di Sociologia e Diritto dell’Economia, Prof. Pierluigi Musarò


Responsabile scientifico per il Dipartimento

Prof. Luca Pietrantoni
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)



SYNYO GmbH, Austria



  •  Sheffield Hallam University, (United Kingdom)
  • University of Granada, (Spain)
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, (Spain)
  • Univresity of Northumbria at Newcastle, (United Kingdom)
  • Swansea University, (United Kingdom)
  • University of Rome La Sapienza, (Italy)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, (Netherlands)
  • University of Antwerp, (Belgium)
  • International Centre for Migration Policy Development, (Austria)
  • Center for Security Studies, (Greece)
  • Center for the Study of Democracy, (Bulgaria)
  • Sinus Markt- und Sozialforschung GmbH, (Germany)
  • Research Center in Applied Economics for Development, (Algeria)
  • Egyptian Center for Innovation and Technology Development, (Egypt)
  • Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions & Services Ltd, (Cyprus)
  • Association of Local Democracy Agencies, (France)
  • Kosovar Centre for Security Studies, (Kosovo)
  • Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies, (Spain)
  • Koinonia Caritas Cyprus, (Cyprus)
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler, (Italy)
  • Hellenic Police, (Greece)
  • Ministry of Public Security, (Israel)
  • Ministry of Interior - Chief Directorate Border Police, (Bulgaria)



€ 4 994 652,50

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