A lifeless physique on the French-Italian border factors out the issues within the EU’s migration coverage

On 9 Might 2018, as many European residents had been celebrating Europe Day, the lifeless physique of a younger black lady was discovered within the French river of Durance, not far-off from the Franco-Italian border. It was the physique of Blessing Matthew, a Nigerian lady in her early twenties. As many different individuals from Africa, Blessing crossed the Mediterranean Sea aiming for a greater life in Europe. However she encountered demise in unclear circumstances.


In response to some witnesses of the evening that led to Blessing’s demise, no matter occurred must be examined in relation to the actions undertaken by the French Police patrolling the border. This 12 months, on October twenty fifth, after investigation by the French police was declared inconclusive and two makes an attempt to deliver Blessing’s case to court docket in France had been dismissed, Tous Migrants, a French migrant advocacy group, introduced that it had filed an enchantment with the European Courtroom of Human Rights.

On this episode of Europe Talks Again, host Alexander Damiano Ricci talks to Janina Pescinski, Leverhulme Belief Doctoral Scholar at Queen Mary College of London, engaged on questions associated to migration, citizenship, and borders, to know the essential state of affairs migrants reside alongside the Franco-Italian border inside the European Union.

You possibly can comply with Janina’s work on Twitter right here.

The weblog publish by Janina, by way of which we found Blessing’s story, you’ll find it at Concepts on Europe, the weblog of UACES, the affiliation for up to date European Research. 

The particular investigation performed by the individuals behind Border Forensics, which led to the affiliation Tous Migrants to file an enchantment with the European Courtroom for Human Rights. 

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