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North Africa: Europe’s Migrant Trap

  • February 13, 2013
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Europe’s military adventures in Libya in Mali have often been marked by a glaring contradiction; on the one hand European governments have presented these interventions as a generous and altruistic attempt to ‘save lives’ or rescue people from oppression and tyranny.

At the same time European governments and the institutional machinery of the EU have been...


  • June 16, 2011
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In the course of writing my book about borders and migration I’ve visited a lot of great European cities, including some that I’d never been to before, like Bratislava, Warsaw, Lublin, Brescia, and – strange as it may seem – Rome, where I am now.   It’s a vibrant and magnificent city, in which...

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