The Colonial Mediterranean, Anonymity and Migration Control

Authored by: Emilio Distretti

Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138944596
eBook ISBN: 9781315671192
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315671192-11

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Abstract

With over 5,000 deaths at sea borders, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has estimated that 2016 was the deadliest year for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe. Many of these deaths occurred between the Italian island of Lampedusa and the northern coasts of Libya, a route mostly used by smugglers. The identity of most of the victims stays unknown and most of the retrieved human remains have been buried anonymously in unmarked graves in local cemeteries in Sicily.

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