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The Schengen territory and its Victims

The Schengen territory and its Victims – source: “Atlas der Globalisierung”, 2006, Le Monde diplomatique / taz Verlags- und Vertriebs GmbH

A few days ago I have finished preparing my English translation of my bachelor’s thesis for publishing as ebook and paperback.

Its topic is so called illegal immigration by sea in the Mediterranean – especially in the case of Italy. The German original is from January 2008, but I think it should be still of interest.

The title is “Migration Networks – Illegal Immigration by Sea to Italy – An Insight to the Policies of Italy and the EU” (original, already published at GRIN publishing: “Migrationsnetzwerke…” – see grin.com)

I hope that it is soon available at the internet and in book stores (book on demand).


In this thesis about the boat people in the Mediterranean an emphasis lies on Italy and further on the EU policy on refugees in the Mediterranean under cooperation with African states. Regarding the EU policy it is especially about the border security agency Frontex that has available a rapidly growing budget coming from the EU funds.

The protagonists of the EU politics like to stress that their policies are for the best of the migrants themselves as well as their countries of origins and the ones they are going to, so that they could produce a “triple win situation”. But refugee aid and other human rights organizations criticize harshly that refugees are criminalized and do not get their legitimate rights guaranteed. The NGOs collected numerous examples of inhumane policies against “illegal” migrants in countries around the Mediterranean.

By bringing together the current events, the author wants to describe with this thesis state networks about illegal migration and follow the question if there is the wish of the EU to accord the refugees their rights at all.

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