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October 30, 2014, 13:40

Schengen’s Mediterranean border: Year of Horror

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Iceland Monday November 3 from 12:00 to 13:00 in Oddi 201 at the University of Iceland.


Over 160,000 irregular migrants have made the perilous sea-crossing from North Africa to Europe this year, with some 3,000 more dying in the attempt. A troubling spike in serious armed conflicts from Mali in West Africa through to Gaza, Syria, Iraq and beyond, has proved a bonanza for groups of people smugglers. Libya is now by far the most favoured point of departure: with a minimum of 4,000 people departing its lawless ports, mainly for Italy.

In this open seminar, Hugo Brady explains what is driving mass migration in the Mediterranean and the dilemmas facing policy-makers as they grapple with this human tragedy.

Hugo Brady is a senior associate analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies and a visiting fellow at the European Institute at the London School of Economics.

Moderator: Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland. 

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all. 

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