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Migration Control At Sea: The Italian Case

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This chapter focuses on bordering country, Italy, and explores the strategy enacted to prevent irregular migration by sea, highlighting the features and concerns which have been raised and the potential conflict with human rights obligations. It presents an an analysis of the Italian approach along three main axes that may be schematised as follows: reinforcement and specification of legislation on extraterritorial control at sea; enhancing collaboration with and involvement of other European Union (EU) member States and concerned countries at multilateral level; strengthening of bilateral cooperation with countries of origin and transit. The chapter addresses critical issues that have particular relevance. It appears in fact that the distinction between rescue obligations and facilitating illegal immigration is sometimes blurred, and that ships are discouraged from providing assistance to people at sea, thus highlighting the possible conflict between the right to life and the need to reduce illegal migration.

Keywords: European Union (EU); human rights obligations; Italy; Mediterranean sea; migration control



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