Two Boats in the Mediterranean and their Unfortunate Encounters with Europe’s Policies towards People on the Move
This paper examines two recent events in which people on the move making their way from Libya to Europe across the Mediterranean were either abandoned to die at sea or ‘pushed back’. It argues that these two cases are not incidental or isolated but rather part of a broader situation of concern in the Mediterranean. The paper highlights this situation and also connects it to Europe’s response to migratory flows during the Arab Spring. It attributes these tragedies to two fundamental structural deficiencies in Europe’s approach and proposes recommendations to correct those cross-cutting deficiencies.
© 2012 Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Leonhard den Hertog