Additional Reading on Migration and Forced Displacement

African Migrant Flows Reshaping Security Challenges in Africa

By the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, December 18, 2019

The dynamism of clandestine African migration flows continues to present criminal and violent extremist groups opportunities for exploitation.

Shifting Borders: Africa’s Displacement Crisis and Its Security Implications

By Wendy Williams, October 17, 2019

Recent years have seen record numbers of Africans forcibly displaced from their homes. The most recent figure of 25 million people displaced is a 500-percent increase from 2005. While much attention focuses on economic migrants who are trying to cross into Europe, 95 percent of those who are displaced remain on the continent. Two-thirds of these are displaced within their home countries. In short, the reality faced is more accurately characterized as an African displacement, rather than a European migrant, crisis.

Multilateral Damage: The Impact of EU Migration Policies on Central Saharan Routes

By Jérôme Tubiana, Clotilde Warin, and Gaffar Mohammud Saeneen, Clingendael
September 30, 2018

Migration management policies must be comprehensive and take into account the effects they will have, not just on the country of origin but also the countries of transit and destination. Trying to stop migration from and along impoverished and weakly governed countries risks negatively impacting the stability of the countries they target. Aid to authoritarian governments to help stem irregular migration, for example, has ended up supporting their repressive rule. Moreover, militias who have been simultaneously involved in smuggling and anti-smuggling have been empowered, presenting thereby further weakening the states along those routes.

Responding to the Human Trafficking–Migrant Smuggling Nexus

By Tuesday Reitano, Samantha McCormack, Mark Micallef and Mark Shaw, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime,
July 31, 2018

While migrant-smuggling in Libya has been decried for its brutality, international assistance to Libyato counter smuggling while protecting migrantshas actually inflicted further harm to migrants. When smuggling is treated as a serious crime, the more criminal and brutal of actors are encouraged rather than deterred from operating. They merely pass the risk and cost onto migrants by adding elements of trafficking or other abuses. Ending the abuse of migrants in Libya requires stabilizing, securing, and supporting Libya and all who reside there.

Security Topics:  Migration and Forced Displacement