10:00 – 12:00, 4 December 2017
WMO Building, 2nd Floor (7bis Avenue de la Paix), Kruzel Hall
Geneva, Switzerland

An elderly man climbs onto a lorry carrying migrants and goods beside the southern Libya highway towards Niger, near the outskirts of Sebha – ©Tom Westcott

In 2015, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in partnership with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GI), conducted research and engaged with policymakers on migration, smuggling dynamics and terror financing. Findings from this work highlighted an evidence gap on migration and related issues in Africa. The ISS and GI conduct research and technical assistance that contributes to the evidence base on migration. The work also offers critical insights into mixed migration flows, smuggling and security dimensions at regional, continental and international levels.

Through our evidence-based and contextual perspectives of migration, the ISS and GI hope to shape perspectives and inform better policies in Africa, Europe and elsewhere.

In 2017, the work included applied policy research on migration from and via North Africa, the Libyan gateway, shaping policies on migration and violent extremism, African legal frameworks and policies, and smuggling in and from the Horn of Africa.


The following key issues will be discussed at the seminar:

  • A fuller picture of migration in and from the African continent requires a thorough examination of emerging trends across all regions, including North Africa, which is often neglected in the discourse.
  • On Libya, the discussion will centre on Libya as a gateway along the central Mediterranean route. Critical to this will be the shifting dynamics and implications for longer term migration trends, as well as broader security questions for Libya and the region.
  • Enhancing the understanding of policymakers and practitioners on the African laws and policies at continental and regional level could aid in accelerating implementation.
  • ISS research challenges the populist view that migration leads to violent extremism based on research conducted by the ISS in Ethiopia with Somali and South Sudanese forced displaced people there, and on Cameroon’s forced repatriation of Nigerians, Boko Haram’s growing practice of attacking refugees and the changing roles of Algeria and Morocco in managing migration.

This seminar will include participants from the migration community with regional or thematic interest in the topics. Interested stakeholders working in related fields will be invited to review the findings and exchange knowledge on the issues based on their on-going experiences

A detailed meeting agenda will be shared with confirmed participants ahead of the seminar.


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