Control and Consequences: EU and Illegal Immigration from Africa
Migration Seminar Series: 11 September 2008. 14.00-16.00, CSS. Østerfraimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K
Hans Lucht: 'West African Illegal Immigration To Europe: A View From Inside The Boats'.
Based on anthropological fieldwork in Ghana and Italy, this presentation focuses on the background, organisation and human consequences of illegal immigration from a small fishing village in Ghana via Niger and Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy, and how migrant routes may respond to growing political efforts to stop the traffic.
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen: 'Before the Gates: the rough guide to Fortress Europe'
One of the most remarkable features of the developing EU asylum and migration framework has been the efforts to reinforce and move migration control outside the physical territory of the European Union itself. Today, both the irregular migrant and the asylum seeker is much more likely to meet European migration control at the airport before departure, in the form of the authorities of transit countries carrying out checks on behalf of European States or in the Mediterranean where European navy vessels are patrolling the high seas. This presentation will focus on the simultaneous externalisation, outsourcing and privatisation of migration control in Europe and what consequences this strategy has from a human rights perspective.
Discussant: Simon Turner
Everybody is welcome, but please fill in the registration form before 5 September.
14:00-14:20 Coffee and Welcome
Karen Fog Olwig, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen and head of the Migration Initiative at the University
14:20-14:50 ‘A View From Inside the Boats'
Hans Lucht, Ph.D, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
14:50-15:20 ‘Before the Gates - the rough guide to Fortress Europe'
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, PhD Candidate, Research Analyst, Danish Institute of International Studies
15:20-16:00 Discussant’s Comments
Simon Turner, Senior Researcher, Head of Research Unit on Migration, Danish Institute of International Studies
Hosted by the Migration Initiative, University of Copenhagen