Libya is a significant transit country for irregular migration to Europe and is therefore the site of much effort by external policy makers, notably the European Union. External actors have been unable to formalize workable agreements with Libyan authorities to address or stop onward migration to Europe. Instead, they have been forced to develop arrangements with Libya’s neighboring countries to work around this impasse. This article examines the rhetoric behind efforts by individual European countries and the European Union to implement externally produced migration policies. From crisis narratives to invoking a humanitarian imperative to “save lives,” it is argued that these tropes justify various, at times competing, agendas. This results in almost no tangible improvement to the situation of irregular migrants or the capacity of authorities to deal with irregular migration, with one exception being that of the Libyan coast guard.
The Case of Irregular Migration from Libya
Changing Migration Patterns in the Russian North
This article examines changes in the migration system in the Russian North over the two decades since the breakup of the Soviet Union and the beginning of economic reforms using unpublished data from the Federal State Statistics Service of Russia. This is done by computing several measures of migration for selected northern regions: 1) measures of migration efficiency to determine the extent to which migration in the northern regions is redistributing the population; 2) migration transition probabilities to measure changes in the origins and destinations of migrants in the Russian North; and 3) the average distance of moves to determine the effects that increased costs of transportation have on migration. The regions examined in this article include Khanty-Mansi and Iamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and Magadan Oblast', and Murmansk Oblast'. The findings show that as the market has taken hold, regions of economic growth are becoming primary migration destinations for persons migrating both to and from the North.
A Test Case in India
“multiculturalism” did on sociology. The mobilities optic that places center-stage transport technologies or migration systems—whether moving by road, rail, air, or sea—at the same time ignores the rest of nature: the “more-than-human” world. 6 Most simply, the
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, 2011). 42 François Manchuelle, Willing Migrants: Soninke Labor Diasporas, 1848–1960 (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1997). See also Dennis D. Cordell, Joel W. Gregory, and Victor Piché, Hoe and Wage: A Social History of a Circular Migration
the freshly acquired capital also exists among African miners and laborers who migrate within Africa. See, for instance, Dennis D. Cordell, Joel W. Gregory, and Victor Pich, Hoe and Wage: A Social History of a Circular Migration System in West Africa
Wartime Mobilities in the Burkina Faso–Côte d’Ivoire Transnational Space
Circular Migration System in West Africa . Boulder, CO : Westview Press . Cutolo , Armando . 2009 . “ Modernity, Autochthony and the Ivorian Nation: The End of a Century in Côte d’Ivoire .” Africa 80 , no. 4 : 527 – 552 . de Certeau , Michel
Analyzing US and EU policies through the lens of normative transformation
migration, such as Hollifield et al. (2014) , have convincingly shown that the international migration system has witnessed policy convergence around the objectives of border controls, security and high-skilled migration. This has occurred because regional