Public Debate: Beyond Networks, Militias and Tribes: Rethinking EU Counter-Smuggling Policy and Response

18 May 2021
Online Event

Countering migrant smuggling is a cornerstone of the European Union’s migration and border control policy. Under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the EU has proposed to promote tailor-made and mutually beneficial partnerships with third countries specifically to address the smuggling of migrants. Likewise, the upcoming EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (2021-2025) foresees stronger cooperation with third countries, following a ‘whole-of-route’ approach.

This public debate will discuss the future of EU counter-smuggling policies against evidence and data on the realities of smuggling in North Africa and the Sahel, with a focus on the case of Niger.

The event presents the results of the EuroMeSCo Policy Study “Beyond Networks, Militias, and Tribes: Rethinking EU Counter-Smuggling Policy and Response” carried out in the framework of the EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots project, co-funded by the EU and the IEMed.

If you are interested in the event, please contact



Gabriella Sanchez Fellow-Head of Migrant Smuggling Research EUI – European University Institute


Sanna Kuukka Head of Sector, Irregular Migration and Counter-Smuggling Directorate General HOME (DG HOME), European Commission
Alia Fakhry Associate Researcher, Migration Program German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Marzia Rango Data Innovation and Capacity-Building Coordinator IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC)


After the initial intervention by the speakers, the floor will be opened to participants in order to debate on the main issues tackled during the presentation.
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