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Upcoming Event: Resisting the Externalization of Borders in West Africa

Schild der EU warnt im Niger vor irregulärer Migration. Foto: Meral Zeller

EU sign in Niger warning not to migrate irregularily. Photo: Meral Zeller


As part of their involvement with, ABI members Laura Lambert and Francisca Zanker are organizing an activist roundtable on "Resisting the Externalization of Borders in West Africa."

When? 24.11.2022, 5pm-7pm. The event is held on Zoom.

EU border externalisation policies are an increasing feature of the migratory and social landscape in West Africa. Yet neither the term “border externalisation” nor the European actors involved are familiar to most people in the region.

How do local grassroots initiatives in the region, campaigning for migrant rights and free movement, position themselves in relation to the EU border regime? How can they challenge violent policies that are often crafted far away from the local context? This discussion brings together activists and practitioners based in the region to reflect on the challenges of contesting externalisation in West Africa, sharing experiences and strategies, and broader visions of free movement.


The roundtable participants are:

Moctar Dan Yaye (Alarme Phone Sahara, Niamey),

Saliou Diouf (Bozafii, Dakar),

Fatou Faye (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Dakar)

Rex Osa (Migration Information Point, Benin City / Refugees for Refugees, Stuttgart).


The conversation is organised by the West Africa working group of and chaired by Aino Korvensyrjä.

The speakers will speak English and French, simultaneous interpretation will be available in both languages, by Dolmetschkollektiv InterpRISE.

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