Mollie Gerver

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    The EU’s Operation Sophia has failed to make conditions safer for refugees

The EU’s Operation Sophia has failed to make conditions safer for refugees

In 2015, EU countries assembled a naval force charged with saving the lives of refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Mollie Gerver states that while the EU’s efforts under this operation – named ‘Operation Sophia’ – have saved many refugees’ lives at sea, they have also led smugglers to switch to rubber dinghies instead of the relatively secure boats […]

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Why the EU should consider decriminalising people smuggling

EU member states agreed on 14 September to strengthen actions against people smugglers in the Mediterranean as part of their response to the ongoing migration crisis. Mollie Gerver writes that instead of scaling up actions against smugglers, a better option may be to decriminalise the practice. She argues that criminal sanctions against people smuggling are counter-productive on the basis […]

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    An EU quota trading system for refugees would offer a fair method for alleviating Europe’s migration crisis

An EU quota trading system for refugees would offer a fair method for alleviating Europe’s migration crisis

The European Commission has proposed a quota system for distributing the responsibility for asylum seekers across EU member states. Mollie Gerver writes that while the principle of refugee quotas has generated opposition, a quota trading system, in which states can sell all or part of their quotas to other states, could offer a solution. She notes that although there […]

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