Road to Shade Med 2021: webinar on “Migration and illicit trafficking in the Mediterranean”
July 8, 2021
The Road to Shade Med 2021 (Shared Awareness and Deconfliction in the Mediterranean), the annual conference organised by the Operation EunavforMed Irini, continued with its sixth online webinar, staged in collaboration with La Sapienza University of Rome.
The main topic of discussion was “Migration and Illicit Trafficking in the Mediterranean”, and the aim was to stimulate dialectical confrontation among the distinguished speakers about growing conflicts, socio-economic instability, ethnic-religious discrimination, human rights violations and gender-based violence that are shaking the Mediterranean, causing an increase in organized crime, illicit trafficking and migration flows.
Especially when it comes to illicit affairs, as Deputy Commander of Operation Irini Rear Admiral Jean-Michel Martinet stressed: “the enduring proliferation of illicit activities, including human and arms trafficking, oil smuggling and terrorism highlights the need for continued maritime security presence in the Central Mediterranean”.