Euromesco public debate to address EU counter-smuggling policies

May 17, 2021
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Euromesco is organising a public debate on 18 May to discuss the future of EU counter-smuggling policies against evidence and data on the realities of smuggling in North Africa and the Sahel.

The event will present the results of the EuroMeSCo Policy Study “Beyond Networks, Militias, and Tribes: Rethinking EU Counter-Smuggling Policy and Response” carried out in the framework of the EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots project, co-funded by the EU and the IEMed.

Countering migrant smuggling is a cornerstone of the European Union’s migration and border control policy. Under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the EU has proposed to promote tailor-made and mutually beneficial partnerships with third countries specifically to address the smuggling of migrants. Likewise, the upcoming EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (2021-2025) foresees stronger cooperation with third countries, following a ‘whole-of-route’ approach.

EuroMeSCo is a network of 104 think tanks and research institutes from 29 different Euro-Mediterranean countries coordinated by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and currently implementing the project “EuroMeSCo: Connecting the dots”, co-funded by the EU and the IEMed.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia