Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean

Discussions around migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean are often riddled with misconceptions and partial representations of a complex reality. A growing body of evidence produced just over the past few years is shedding light on this complexity, allowing for a better, more nuanced understanding of the opportunities as well as of the risks characterizing migration within and between these regions.

This edited volume provides a comprehensive, fact-based account of migration from and within West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean over the past two years, with the aim of promoting more coherent, forward-looking and sustainable policy approaches, in line with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It equips policymakers and practitioners in Africa and Europe with an up-to-date, consolidated picture of key aspects of migration in these regions – recent trends and data issues, development implications, risks and vulnerabilities, as well as national, regional and cross-regional governance elements.

The volume features contributions from several IOM offices, as well as other international organisations, research institutes and civil society organisations from Africa and Europe. It was produced as part of the programme Safety, Support and Solutions on the Central Mediterranean Route, funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID).


Key takeaways


I. Key Migration Trends 

II. Migration and Risks 

III. Migration and Development 

IV. Migration Governance, and Policy and Programming Responses

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