The Italy-Libya Memorandum of Understanding: Security versus People

Mihaela Madalina Neagu, Emina Hanic & Semi Kilic

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The Italy-Libya Memorandum of Understanding is one of the many instruments meant to deal with the migration crisis of 2015 and its consequences that represent major issues in the international agenda. In this paper we are investigating the role of this memorandum, its meaning and the consequences of its implementation for Italy, Libya and migrants with a particular focus on human trafficking and smuggling. The investigation is lead under the umbrella of international politics and international law theories that provide us with useful tools to understand the role and responsibilities of the Parties. With the use of qualitative methodology including discourse analysis and interviews with migrants who have crossed from Libya to Italy, the research paper seeks to examine the positive and negative effects of the memorandum in relation to human rights and international norms. The conclusions drawn from this study see the MoU as a valid instrument to both Libya and Italy in what concerns security, whereas other implications consider it not fitting the Libyan actual economic and societal situation. This research paper argues that the MoU prioritises state security over the human rights of migrants and trafficked victims.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2018
VejledereLisbet Christoffersen