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The Political Economy of the Central Mediterranean Route

Chatham House, London

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Overview

Smuggling along historic trade routes between West and North Africa is long-standing and has since the 1990’s adopted increasingly criminalized forms. This workshop seeks to better understand the development of trade and smuggling routes. It focuses in particular on the development of human smuggling and trafficking along the so-called 'Central Mediterranean route' from Niger to Libya, by assessing two case studies of urban centres that function as pivotal hubs to this route: Agadez in Niger and Sebha in Libya. In doing so, it seeks to address the policy interests of international actors but through the lens of local dynamics.