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Saving Lives in the Mediterranean: One More Missed Opportunity

Francesco Maiani 4th May 2015

“The European Union cannot accept that thousands of people die at its borders”. These were the words of the President of the European Commission in Lampedusa, in October 2013. On April 23, after the deadliest accident on record in the Mediterranean, the European Council declared: “The European Union will mobilise all efforts at its disposal […]

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Drowning refugees, migrants, and shame at sea: The EU response: Part II

Cathryn Costello and Mariagiulia Giuffré 27th April 2015

In our previous post we highlighted how the Statement of the European Council in response to the crisis situation after the death of more than 750 people in the Mediterranean is disappointing for its failure of ambition in meeting the extent of the refugee crisis. In this post we present several alternative measures that should […]

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Drowning Refugees, Migrants, and Shame at Sea: The EU’s Response: Part I

Cathryn Costello and Mariagiulia Giuffré 27th April 2015

At the special meeting of the European Council, on 23 April 2015, EU leaders agreed four priority areas of actions the Member States and the EU institutions can take together to address the crisis situation after the death of more than 750 people in the Mediterranean. The Statement of the European Council opens with the […]

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Europe and the Mediterranean

Guy GoodwinGIll 26th April 2015

Thirty years ago we knew that there was a demographic and economic crisis on the horizon. We knew, because the International Labour Organization and the UN Fund for Population Activities had done their homework and told us so. We knew just how many young people would be entering the work force in the developing world; […]

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