Irregular migration from West Africa to the Maghreb and the European Union

  title={Irregular migration from West Africa to the Maghreb and the European Union},
  author={H. G. de Haas},
  • H. Haas
  • Published 9 September 2008
  • History
The media and prevailing policy discourses convey an increasingly apocalyptic image of the massive outflows of desperate Africans fleeing poverty and war at home. The migrants themselves are commonly depicted as victims recruited by “merciless” and “unscrupulous” traffickers and smugglers. However, and notwithstanding the very real increase in regular and irregular West African migration towards Europe over the past decade, available empirical evidence dispels most of these assumptions. This… 
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