Europe's outsourced migration controls: refocusing on peace, rights and development
Migration continues to cause concern among European states, with many governments intensifying their efforts to stop people reaching Europe’s shores. But despite claims that clamping down on migration saves lives by deterring people from undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe, attempts by the European Union and European governments to curb migration are contributing to suffering and instability.
Drawing on the cases of Libya, Niger and Turkey, this briefing analyses Europe’s approach of outsourcing border controls, the interests driving this model, its negative implications for peace, rights and stability, and how it ends up reinforcing the very factors that compel people to move in the first place. The briefing is drawn from a detailed report released by Saferworld this year.