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Why the EU should consider decriminalising people smuggling

Gerver, Mollie (2015) Why the EU should consider decriminalising people smuggling. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (16 Sep 2015). Website.

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EU member states agreed on 14 September to strengthen actions against people smugglers in the Mediterranean as part of their response to the ongoing migration crisis. Mollie Gerver writes that instead of scaling up actions against smugglers, a better option may be to decriminalise the practice. She argues that criminal sanctions against people smuggling are counter-productive on the basis that they create incentives for smugglers to disregard the safety of migrants and refugees, while also strengthening associated arms trading and human trafficking networks.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JX International law
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 23:20

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