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Degrees BA: International Law and Diplomacy
International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law
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Brief description:In contemporary Europe, questions over how to monitor and deter the mobility of migrants as well as how to regulate the border regime across the continent have become some of the most contested and debated topics in recent time. My research focuses on migration resistances across the Eastern and Central Mediterranean, which involves border control pacts with transit nations to enforce pushbacks, interception of transit migrants and their detention. The EU entered a readmission arrangement with Turkey under the 2016 EU-Turkey deal, to strictly control its land and maritime boundaries and readmit transit migrants attempting to depart to Europe. Likewise, the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between Italy and Libya created a border control mechanism across the Central Mediterranean. The MOU aims to intercept migrants en route to Italy and secure their return to Libya. In exchange, Turkey and Libya receive financial support for border control, development aids, equipment, training for border officers, and political benefits.
Methodology:The methodology that my research adopts to answer the above questions is doctrinal legal analysis. The doctrinal legal analysis provides insight into how the law evolved and developed. It also helps to discover the ambiguities and inconsistencies in the law. My thesis will primarily use the doctrinal research method to inquire into the law on state responsibility for the arbitrary detention of transit migrants in Libya and Turkey under the migration control agreements with the EU and its member states. The research will focus on the arbitrary detention of transit migrants in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean after establishing the EU-Turkey deal 2016 and the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between Italy and Libya.
Keywords: Immigration Detention, state responsibility
Language(s) of writing: English
The Open University
Faculty of Law and Business