The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Extraordinary Influx of People who Arrived in Italy from North Africa

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Abstract

The ‘Arab spring’ which spread in early 2011 and the consequent exceptional influx of people that arrived on the Italian coasts from North Africa put the national reception and asylum systems under particular pressure, also raising the debate on the status to be attributed to these people. Faced with a situation out of the ordinary, Italy immediately addressed a request for help to the European Union, which has revealed the difference of views and mistrust existing between Member States in relation to these issues. This episode also calls into question the scope and effectiveness of the EU migration management framework, particularly in case of strong and unexpected pressure, and its implementation in a true spirit of solidarity.

The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Extraordinary Influx of People who Arrived in Italy from North Africa

in European Journal of Migration and Law

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From 1 August 2008 to July 31 200929076 people have reached the Italian coasts; from 1 August 2009 to July 31 2010 only 3499 with a decrease of 88%. Ministry of the Interior 9.8.2010. available at: http://www.interno.it/mininterno/export/sites/default/it/sezioni/sala_stampa/notizie/immigrazione/0065_2010_08_09_Statistiche_sbarchi.html. As the UNHCR has noted the reduction of applications for asylum and international protection in Italy in 2009 (from 30492 applications in 2008 to 17603 requests in 2009) compared with a substantial stability in Europe may be due to the restrictive policies implemented in the Channel of Sicily and the drastic reduction in arrivals by sea. See: UNHCR Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries 2010 Geneva 2011.

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S/RES/1970 (2011) of 26 Febuary 2011 e S/RES/1973 (2011) of 17 March 2011.

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See in particular: N. Ronzitti‘Che fare del Trattato con la Libia?’Affari Internazionali28 febbraio 2011 pubblicato su: http://www.affarinternazionali.it/ articolo.asp?ID=1679.

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COM(2011) 248 final p. 6.

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