Security and Migrations in the Mediterranean
Playing with Fire
- Henriques, M.C., Khachani, M.
- Pub. date
- May 2006
- 50 of NATO Science Series, V: Science and Technology Policy
- ISBN print
- ISBN online
- Life & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences
The post-Cold War period made a new concept of security imperative: it encompasses environmental, social, economical, political and military issues. Migration as a civilizational phenomenon, albeit transitional, goes across this entire spectrum, particularly in a varied historical milieu as the Euro Mediterranean region is. In turn, reforms and changes need to be carried out by South Mediterranean states and societies, in order to eliminate some of the obstacles to modernization, creating conditions for economic development at home with the help of North Mediterranean countries. Another package of reforms in European countries should empower migrants to adopt a more active citizenship and become more integrated in the societies where they choose to live. For Mohamed Khachani, a demystification of the question of migratory risk is in order to foster an improved dialogue between south Europe countries and North Africa countries. Sending countries are affected by political crises, socio-economic instability and illegal migration from North Africa; receiving countries practice discrimination in labour market and social space.