African migrants try to reach a rescue boat from the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after falling from the punctured rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea, about 12 miles north of Sabratha, Libya on Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

The Central Mediterranean: European Priorities, Libyan Realities

Article in Refugees Deeply
4 October, 2017

This online periodical is really worth following and this issue on the Central Mediterranean migration corridor is very well documented.

“The central Mediterranean is now the busiest corridor for irregular migration into the European Union. In recent years all efforts to combat flows have resulted in more sea crossings and more deaths at sea.

Suddenly this July and August the number of refugees and migrants crossing fell by two-thirds. The story of how this came about played out on three fronts:

  • at sea, where there was a concerted attempt to discredit a flotilla of charity boats that were saving lives
  • at the European Union, where foreign policy was transformed to pursue the single goal of reducing inward migration
  • and on the northern coast of Libya, where Italy made deals with known smugglers and municipalities to trap migrants.

This investigation, supported by the Ford Foundation and, spans Brussels, Malta, Rome, Tunis and Libya itself and seeks to deliver the definitive account of European actions, their impact on Libya and the migrants stranded there.

To access the periodical, please click here

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