The Humanitarian War Against Migrant Smugglers at Sea

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Series Details Volume 50, Number 3, Pages 685-703
Publication Date June 2018
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This paper engages with the military‐humanitarian technology of migration management from the vantage point of the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) 'Operation Sophia', the naval and air force intervention deployed by the EU in the Central Southern Mediterranean to disrupt 'the business model of human smuggling and trafficking' while 'protecting life at sea'.

We look at the military‐humanitarian mode of migration management that this operation performs from three vantage points: logistics, with a focus on the infrastructure of migrant travels; subjectivity, looking at the migrant profiles this operation works through; and epistemology, building on the mission's first stage of intelligence and data gathering. Through this multi‐focal approach, we illuminate the productivity of this military‐humanitarian approach to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

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