The Humanitarian War Against Migrant Smugglers at Sea

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. The Humanitarian War Against Migrant Smugglers at Sea. Antipode, 50(3), pp. 685-703. ISSN 0066-4812 [Article]

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This paper engages with the military‐humanitarian technology of migration management from the vantage point of the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) “Operation Sophia”, the naval and air force intervention deployed by the EU in the Central Southern Mediterranean to disrupt “the business model of human smuggling and trafficking” while “protecting life at sea”. We look at the military‐humanitarian mode of migration management that this operation performs from three vantage points: logistics, with a focus on the infrastructure of migrant travels; subjectivity, looking at the migrant profiles this operation works through; and epistemology, building on the mission's first stage of intelligence and data gathering. Through this multi‐focal approach, we illuminate the productivity of this military‐humanitarian approach to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

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humanitarianism, military interventions, Mediterranean migrations, violence

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4 September 2017Accepted
21 November 2017Published Online
30 April 2018Published

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02 Oct 2019 09:36

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11 Jun 2021 22:42

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