In this short interview on Al Jazeera English News I explain why we shouldn’t treat Spain as a new Greece or Italy as far as irregular sea crossings are concerned. Morocco is a functioning state, not like Libya, and has a close cooperation on migration with the EU, not like Turkey before the EU deal.
I have also put together some charts based on UNHCR and IOM data to capture the evolution of Mediterranean migration in the last few years.
See also Twitter thread below.
Sea arrivals in #Spain are increasing.
But the closure of a #migration route doesn’t mean that automatically migrants just move to a different one. There is little evidence of a ‘route replacement’ trend. #migrationEU pic.twitter.com/kJmpwdlFcj
— Nando Sigona (@nandosigona) August 19, 2018
For an analysis of the policy development on migration in the EU, see my recent op-ed in the New Internationalist.