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Out of (and inside) Africa: migration routes and their impacts

Brief - No12 - 19 April 2017

Roderick Parkes

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The migration crisis in the central Mediterranean is proving to be a formative experience for the EU, in a similar way to the migration crisis of the 1990s. After several months of improvisation, the long-term impact on its foreign policy is gradually becoming clear. 

Three new features are identifiable in European thinking: the idea of ‘flows’, ‘pools’ and ‘bridges’.