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Migration Policy-making in Africa: Determinants and Implications for Cooperation with Europe

While there are clear power asymmetries in African-European migration relations, African countries sometimes use migration and migrants as a counterbalance to European strength. This counter-balancing was evident on May 18 2021 when Morocco recalled its ambassador to Spain in the midst of a dispute caused by 8000 migrants leaving Morocco to enter the Spanish enclave […]

‘Here we go again:’ Misleading European Union Communications on Human Smuggling

The narratives used by political leaders should bring stability to contested policy spaces. Instead, recent European Union communications risk destabilising counter-smuggling responses by relying on an incomplete set of evidence. As migration rates along the Central and Western Mediterranean routes increase this year relative to 2020, the upcoming release of the EU Action Plan Against […]

State control + human rights: Venezuelan displacement to Colombia and lessons from South American migration governance

The emigration of 5.6 million Venezuelans since 2015 means that South America is undergoing the largest forced displacement in the region’s history. On March 1 2021, the Colombian government, the main receiving country of Venezuelan migrants, issued an Executive decree that made headlines across the world. Decree 216 of 2021 could potentially regularise around 2.5 […]

What’s in a name? Immigrant’s name choices as a signal of belonging

According to a 2018 pan-EU Eurobarometer survey, 91 per cent of Europeans think it is important that immigrants are committed to the values and norms of their host society. At the same time, the adoption of these values and norms has consistently proved beneficial for immigrants’ economic and social achievements. Against this backdrop, governments could […]