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Examining Immigration Policy

January 2014, Number 05.01

“The postcard-worthy waters off the Italian island of Lampedusa serve as the paradoxical backdrop to the challenges of illegal immigration. The tiny island represents hope for many fleeing war-torn regions but has most recently symbolized tragedy. Nearly 400 migrants died there in October 2013 when their boats capsized off the coast.

The catastrophe has forced the European Union to review immigration policies that have struggled to balance the needs of national security with the promise of peaceful migration. As European commission President José Manuel Barroso said in pledging $30 million in aid to Italy: “the problem of one of our countries, Italy, must be perceived as a problem for all of us.”

At least 25,000 would-be migrants have perished in the Mediterranean Sea in the past two decades, according to the international organization for Migration. Braving the perils of the Mediterranean is viewed by many as the only option to escape turmoil in their homelands. Because Lampedusa is closer to Africa than Europe — just 113 kilometers from the Tunisian coast — it has proven to be a popular route for Africans...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Examining Immigration Policy,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  5, No. 1, 2014: 50-53.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.