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Migration policy-making in Africa | Blogpost by Mehari Taddele Maru

Dr Mehari Taddele Maru discusses how the recent dispute between Morocco and Spain exposes wide-scale power asymmetries between Europe and Africa.

22 June 2021 | Opinion - Blog

Toy soldiers lined up on the border of Spain and Morocco

Dr Mehari Taddele Maru, Migration Policy Centre (MPC) Part-time Professor and School of Transnational Governance Academic Coordinator, recently published a blogpost detailing the impact power asymmetries have on financial and migration relations between African and European countries.

In particular, Dr Maru discusses an incident on 18 May 2021 when Morocco recalled its ambassador to Spain in the midst of disputed regarding over 8,000 Moroccan migrants attempting to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. According to him, "the Morocco-Spain dispute exposed wider financial and diplomatic power asymmetries between Europe and Africa... The asymmetries further created pressure to implement policies that privilege European interests over those of African countries and migrants. The result is that migration and migrants can be weaponized as a diplomatic tool."

Read the full blogpost, 'Migration policy-making in Africa: Determinants and implications for cooperation with Europe' now on the MPC website. 

Last update: 31 January 2022

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