Boat migration across the Central Mediterranean: drivers, experiences, responses

Simon McMahon, Nando Sigona

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Those crossing the Mediterranean from Libya have been described as either refugees or economic migrants. The reality is somewhere in between. The drivers of migration are complex and often interrelated. The most common driver is insecurity which, according to interviewees of this report, came from armed nonstate actors, land disputes, political persecution, or localized situations of civil unrest. Interviewees spoke of violence due to their political affiliation, the threat of imprisonment, and facing corrupt or unfair legal processes, all of which not only put their lives in jeopardy, but also impeded their ability to provide for their families.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCentre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Migration
  • Europe
  • Borders
  • Refugees
  • Mediterranean

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