Slave auctions in Libya are the latest evidence of a reality for migrants the EU prefers to ignore

Slave auctions in Libya are the latest evidence of a reality for migrants the EU prefers to ignore

Simon McMahon, Research Fellow, Coventry University

A man called out numbers against the murky darkness of the Libyan night: “400, 500, 600, 650.” These were bids in Libyan dinars during a slave auction. Video footage of these scenes, aired in mid-November by CNN, thrust concerns about the conditions facing migrants at Europe’s borders back into the spotlight.

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Named and shamed – EU countries are failing to share responsibility for refugees

Named and shamed – EU countries are failing to share responsibility for refugees

Heaven Crawley, Research Professor, Coventry University

There are currently an estimated 22.5m people living as refugees around the world. On July 10, representatives from more than 80 countries gathered at the Palais de Nations in Geneva to discuss how best to share responsibility for them. Organised by UNHCR, the discussion will inform a new Global Compact on Refugees which is being developed in the hope of addressing the long-term challenges associated with displacement.

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