Going West:

Contemporary mixed migration trends from the Horn of Africa to Libya & Europe

This report contributes to a growing body of evidence highlighting the importance of the westward route of mixed migration from the Horn of Africa to Libya and Europe. It charts the dynamic and changing nature of smuggler/migrant routes being used in the Horn of Africa and Yemen region and leaving it with especial focus on Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis on the move. In particular this report responds to the sense that the ‘westward’ direction is increasingly being used by smuggled migrants who find themselves thwarted when trying to use alternative (and previously extensively used) routes that take them east (Yemen to Saudi Arabia) and north (through Egypt into Israel). The southern route is still ‘open’ and much used by smuggler / migrants but information and research indicates that the new trend is ‘Going West.’

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