SAIL LABS Technology research team members, Dorothea Thomas-Aniola, Katja Prinz and Erinc Dikici participated in the kick-off meeting of our new H2020 project MIRROR* at the University of Hannover, Germany. MIRROR stands for Migration-Related Risks caused by misconceptions of Opportunities and Requirement and will examine the perceptions of Europe and EU member countries outside of Europe. The aim of the project is to develop an integrated platform, a set of tools, as well as a systematic methodology for the comprehensive intermedia analysis of the perception of Europe by countries of origin for migration, the detection of discrepancies between perception of and reality in Europe, and the creation of awareness for the impact of such misconceptions and resulting threats.
A strong multidisciplinary consortium, combining research, industry and practitioners will cooperate over the next three years with the goal to gain a better understanding of how Europe is perceived abroad and the mechanisms involved in the process.
The project consortium consists of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover (Germany), Bundesministerium fuer Landesverteidigung und Sport (Austria), Malta Police Force (Malta), Polismyndigheten Swedish Police Authority (Sweden), SAIL LABS Technology (Austria), Eurix Srl (Italy), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands), Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (Greece), Totalforsvarets Forskningsinstitut (Sweden), Universitat Wien (Austria), Universita Ta Malta (Malta), Conoscenza E Innovazione Societa Aresponsabilita Limitata Semplificata (Italy), Fremde Werden Freunde (Austria), Fondazione Agenfor International (Italy).
The perception of Europe has a high impact on expectations and decisions of citizens from outside Europe to migrate to EU member countries. Misperceptions and targeted misinformation campaigns can lead to security threats. It is therefore crucial to better understand how Europe is perceived abroad, detect discrepancies between image and reality and to spot instances of media manipulation.
MIRROR started on June 1, 2019 and has a runtime of three years.
*The MIRROR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement № 832921.