The MARGIN PROJECT – Tackle Insecurity in Marginalized Areas


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The MARGIN project is fully financed by the EU under the Horizon 2020 Programme

The Project officially started in May 2015 and it will last for 24 months.

MARGIN sets up an international environment for knowledge exchange involving as partners some of the leading EU institutions in Crime Victimization Surveys (CVSs):

University of Barcelona – UB (project leader, Spain),

National Institute of Criminology – OKRI (Hungary),

The National Supervisory Body on Crime and Punishment (ONDRP) as a department of the French National Institute for Advanced Studies in Security and Justice (INHESJ)

–  The University of Milano-Bicocca – UNIMIB (Italy),

University College London – UCL (United Kingdom),

The Home Affairs Department of the Government of Catalonia – INT (Spain)

– EuroCrime srl – ECR (Italy)

Project Abstract:

The MARGIN project coordination activities are intended to contribute to the creation of sustainable modes of cooperation between stakeholders dealing with security issues. The project provides policy makers with evidence-based tools for developing and assessing strategies targeted at the reduction of insecurity among different demographic and socioeconomic groups. It sets up an international environment for knowledge exchange involving some of the leading EU institutions in Crime Victimization Surveys (CVSs). Along with police statistics, CVSs have become an internationally recognized tool for identifying and analysing factors affecting public and personal perceptions of insecurity. Perception of insecurity arises as a very heterogeneous concept not limited to actual crime rates but encompassing a wide range of other aspects including personal wellbeing, trust in public institutions, justice and social integration. MARGIN addresses the topic of insecurity by taking into account its heterogeneity.

Based on previous and on-going research activities, the project’s specific aims are: (1) to create a framework enabling end-users to contrast objective and subjective measures of insecurity (i.e. compare police statistics with CVS data), (2) to develop and validate a thematic survey with a sample of 15.400 citizens that allows for the assessment of the impact of demographic, socio-economic and socio-geographic variables on the perception of insecurity (3) to investigate the socio-cultural determinants of insecurity perception through the implementation of anthropological fieldwork in five EU countries (4) to share best practices and outcomes in a final event with 100 key end-users. By deepening the understanding of the root causes of insecurity, MARGIN is expected to foster the creation of community resilience practices empowering citizens (especially among those at risk of exclusion) to better face risks and increase the public and personal perception of security.

The Three-Day Final Conference Event and the last Consortium Meeting of the MARGIN Project will take place in Budapest from the 3rd to the 7th April 2017.

Participants are invited to register to the event, sending an e-mail to the following specific address, writing their names and specifying details about their institutions:

The participation to the Conference in free of charge.

The project budget includes resources specifically allocated to cover just the costs of fees for travel and accommodation of the 10 key end-users recruited by the project’s partners and inserted in the list of invitees.

You can find more information about the Conference here:

Link to the MARGIN Project website:

Watch the video presentation: