FMU Policy Brief Series
On 7-8 November 2017, the Forced Migration Unit convened a workshop on Tackling Root Causes? EU Aid and Governance to Control Migration. The workshop brought together scholars, non-governmental organisations, policy and lawmakers to discuss the nexus between EU development policies and EU migration policies, and their broader legal and political implications.
During the workshop, discussions were centred around the EU’s response to the European refugee ‘crisis’ and its increasingly intensified approach to the external dimensions of its migration policy, that has been particularly prevalent following the launch of the European Agenda on Migration in May 2015.
In this continually evolving context, workshop participants decided to form a network and collaborate to create the FMU Policy Brief Series. This series will address the topics covered during workshop and will respond to further developments in these areas. It is intended for the briefs to be used by scholars, practitioners and NGOs whilst carrying out their work and in particular to contribute towards lobbying against harmful practices.
Policy Brief 02/2018 - Why Securitising the Sahel Will Not Stop Migration
By Daria Davitti and Anca-Elena Ursu
This brief examines the political and military interventions in the Sahel by the EU and its Member States, aimed mainly at the securitisation of this key strategic region. Within this context the brief focuses on the implications of the recent escalation of these policies for Niger and for the vulnerable people who found themselves stranded in the region. The brief highlights why the continuation of such an approach would not stop migration towards the EU and risks exacerbating existing tensions in the region, whilst also further endangering the refugees themselves.
Read the Brief in Arabic