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Lampedusa in focus: Migrants caught between the Libyan desert and the deep sea

15 March 2006

Rutvica Andrijasevic, 2006 - CPS featured article

Lampedusa in focus: Migrants caught between the Libyan desert and the deep sea

  • Andrijasevic FeatArt-2006 - 93 kB
  • Rutvica Andrijasevic
  • Deportations of "undocumented" migrants from Italy's southern border to detention camps in Libya first came to public attention in October 2004 and, despite protests by various NGOs and social movements as well as the European Parliament following the deaths of many deported and the lack of human rights safeguards in Libya, the Italian Government resumed mass deportations to Libya in August 2005 with almost weekly regularity. Apart from violating internationally recognized migrants' rights, the practice of collective expulsions raises serious political and academic questions regarding the definition of the EU's external borders and state sovereignty in relation to the non-state actors (e.g. IOM) contracted out by states to manage migration.

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