Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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Stories of migration are oral, visual or verbal accounts of migrants’ experiences, told by themselves or observers close to them, from an inside (“emic”) perspective. Such life stories, which take the form of conversational storytelling, life writing, or narrative fiction, aim at sharing experiences and fostering empathy, but may also serve to claim human rights, justice and solidarity, or to challenge existing stereotypes and clichés. Within a broader framework of narrative ecology, stories of migration can be classified as bottom-up narratives or storytelling from below, as opposed to top-down narratives on migration.

⇢ see also Narrative dynamics, Life story, Migrant narrativeNarratives on migration, Politics of mobility, Positioning, Solidarity (with migrants), Vicarious storytelling

References and further reading:

Gebauer, Carolin, and Roy Sommer. 2023. “Beyond Vicarious Storytelling: How Level Telling Fields Help Create a Fair Narrative on Migration.” Open Research Europe 3.10: 3–14. URL: https://open-research-europe.​ Date of access: July 30, 2023.

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Work Package: 2, 3, 5, 8