The securitisation of Europe's borders
The largest number of migrants from Africa and Asia fleeing to Europe are leaving from Libya. Eric REIDY and Mateusz M. KRAWCZYK discuss the migration policies of the European Union and Libya, showing how the authorities are working together to suppress migration.
.As Libya is the easiest place to cross the Mediterranean, migrants from all over Africa, as well as from Asia, are heading to Europe from its bays. Refugees come from the Sahel region, Eritrea, Bangladesh, Syria, Tunisia or Algeria, among others. Libyans themselves are also migrating, fleeing the political chaos and economic situation in the country.
For a long time, the dominant narrative in the European Union […] was that we were not in a position to take in such large numbers of refugees. Despite this, we recently took in around 5 million Ukrainians in a short period of time. […] This turned the question of Europe’s 'capacity’ on its head. This is where the securitisation argument came in. Border security arguments in Europe and America have often targeted migrants who are of a different religion, nationality or race. This is linked to racist and Islamophobic narratives,” – says Eric REIDY.
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