he study draws on empirical data collected from semi-structured expert interviews and economic data on the effect of migration policies and of the political and economic impact that the countries of the corridor will face. Additionally, research will focus on the wider implications of the migrant crisis on the European integration project. In this specific research, quantitative data are complimentary to the qualitative data, i.e. they offer support in favour of the argument, but they are also instrumental to the formation of the research project in instances when qualitative data are either not efficient or not obtainable. This is very often the case when research is complex.
he methodology for the qualitative part includes desk research and interviews. It will uncover the roots and developments leading to the massive human corridor, the reactions of national and international authorities, the dramatic security, political and socio-economic implications and the geo-political consequences of the crisis. In terms of quantitative analysis, the main focus will be around the collection of secondary data and the statistical analysis of available data sources. Main macroeconomic indices will be analysed (e.g. GDP, Unemployment, migrant employability, effect of migrant inflows on the demographics of each country, allocation of the migrants in the three main sectors of economic activity and so on) which will be facilitated by the introduction of qualitative variables (e.g. country of origin, educational level, reasons for migrant status etc.)