Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship Seminar Series: Sam Okyere (University of Bristol) -‘The racial dimensions of anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling measures: A West African case study’
G4/5 10 Woodland Road
‘The racial dimensions of anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling measures: A West African case study’
The last two decades have witnessed an intensification in European Union funded and directed human trafficking and human smuggling preventative advocacy in West Africa. This is especially true in Nigeria, a country whose’ name has unfairly become virtually synonymous with trafficking and criminality in popular migration rhetoric. Drawing on research with a group of Nigerian sex workers trying to travel to Europe with the assistance of smugglers, this presentation brings into sharp focus the extent to which the ongoing anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling initiatives are adversely affecting social lives, migratory practices and human rights across Nigeria, Ghana and other West Africa, driven primarily, as they are, by EU leaders’ interests in preventing Nigerians and West Africans from reaching European shores and not by human rights concerns per se. The presentation argues that this migration deterrence logic and objective of immobilising black Africans, are new additions to existing systems of ethnic or racial discrimination and disempowerment underpinning the socio-economic inequalities and marginalisation experienced by this population in the global political economy
Seminar will take place at 5 pm in G4/5 10 Woodland Road, and will be followed by a drinks reception.