Migration has become a top policy priority of the European Union (EU) in the wake of the recent migrant crisis. Given the significant economic, political, and social ramifications of immigration from outside Europe for its member states, the EU has implemented a variety of policies to minimize popular backlashes within the borders of its wealthiest member states.
In her research, Merih Angin shows that the EU offers fiscal transfers to its migrant-transit member states in exchange for holding non-EU migrants in the European periphery.
Hernan del Valle has led humanitarian aid operations for the past 15 years. His work has taken him across five continents assisting people affected by armed conflict and forced displacement. He was involved in Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) operations in the Mediterranean Sea, which over the past three years rescued tens of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing Libya toward Europe in fragile boats.