Back to the Field: Contemporary Causes of Socioeconomic Inequalities in the Southern Mediterranean Countries

12 December 2023
Online Event

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), within the framework of the project “EuroMeSCo Connecting the dots” launched the survey “Towards more social justice and inclusiveness in the Mediterranean.” The survey polled respondents from the European Union (EU) and Southern Mediterranean Countries (SMC), including policymakers, experts, and civil society representatives, on their prospective priorities concerning cooperation between the EU and SMCs. The object of the survey was to pave the way for an evidence-driven debate on the New Agenda for the Mediterranean and its social components.

The survey outcomes are available in a report that analyses the main results from this exercise. It provides valuable insights on the understanding of a variety of experts and actors on cooperation matters, on building fairer and more inclusive societies, fostering social and labour rights, reducing inequalities and bolstering the prospective socioeconomic opportunities offered by green and digital transitions.  To shed light and help explain these issues, the survey report is accompanied by a series of expert articles. Such as the one from Ahmed Aref which focuses on contextualizing the most visible causes of socioeconomic inequalities as reported by the survey respondents. 

Based on his article Ahmed Aref will focus on critically reading some of the indicators mapped in the Euromed Survey and placing them in the regional, political and socioeconomic context, as well as contextualising the most visible causes of socioeconomic inequalities, as reported by the survey respondents.

The aim of this event is to present the EuroMeSCo Euromed Survey Results and discuss and analytical article based on the survey results.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 12 December 2023 at 14:00h CET.

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14:00 pm Welcome remarks 

14:10-14:20 pm Presentation of the Euromed Survey results

Xavier Aragall. Program manager of the Euromed Survey

 14:20-14:50 Contemporary Causes of Socioeconomic Inequalities in the Southern Mediterranean Countries (SMCs).

Ahmed Aref, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath.

 Commentator Rana Jawad. Professor of Global Social Policy, University of Birmingham

14:50-15:30: Open discussion of the results


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