MEDirections is delighted to share a Policy Brief by Luca Raineri
, Research Fellow at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, published as part of a collaboration between Sant'Anna and the MEDirections Libya Initiative
, which draws together research issues and projects of common interest.
To what extent can the EU-sponsored border management policies explain the dramatic reduction in migratory flows from Libya to Italy over the past months? Do the data available dismiss the significance of the Libyan Coast Guard’s contributions to this end? Are they sufficiently reliable to demonstrate the strengthening of Libya’s southern borders?
The answers to these questions invite the conclusion that events taking place at Libya’s external borders provide a less convincing explanation for Europe-bound migratory flows than what occurs within Libya, thereby questioning the assumptions surrounding EU migration management and crisis response policies.
Read the Policy Brief here: