Migration Management in Libya and the Ambiguous Role of International Organisations

14 March 2024. From 18:30 | Conference | English | IEMed
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When war broke out in Libya in 2011, international organizations assisted Sub-Saharan workers to flee and return to their home countries. This lecture aims to question the purely humanitarian nature of these interventions, in the context of the European policies implemented in the area over the last twenty years. Such a look back provides insights into the current plight of migrants in Libya and underscores the ambiguous role played by the main actors in migration management.

Julien Brachet is a researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). He researches economic and political dynamics in the Sahara and the Sahel, in particular in Niger and Chad, where he has carried out long-term fieldwork. He studies patterns of mobility to and through these regions, with a focus on human migration, trade and transport networks from a historical perspective, in order to understand the ways in which intra- and interregional relations are structured. His research also focuses on the forms of political power and territorial sovereignty below and beyond the national level. He had worked for universities such as Niamey, Oxford, N’Djaména, and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is notably the author of “The Value of disorder. Autonomy, prosperity and plunder in the Chadian Sahara” (Cambridge, 2019, with J. Scheele) and “Migrations transsahariennes. Vers un désert cosmopolite et morcelé” (Paris, 2009).

Session moderated by Lorenzo Gabrielli, senior researcher, GRITIM-UPF.

This conference takes place in English at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona.

It can also be followed on IEMed’s Youtube Channel.


Julien Brachet

Julien Brachet

Researcher French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development
Lorenzo Gabrielli

Lorenzo Gabrielli

Senior Researcher GRITIM-UPF

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