DIT Lecturer Sean Byrne features on RTE Brainstorm

8 February 2018

Opinion: The push and pull factors behind migration to Europe- As Europe's population declines and ages, it must accept significant immigration or face economic and social decline

DIT Lecturer Sean Byrne from DIT College of Business, School of Accounting and Finance shares his opinion ' The push and pull factors behind migration to Europe' on RTE's Brainstorm. 


Over the past three years, Europe has experienced the worst refugee and migration crisis since World War II.  While the flow of refugees from Syria has diminished as some eastern European countries have closed their borders and the EU has given €6 billion to Turkey to persuade it to keep Syrian refugees within its borders, the flow of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa across the Mediterranean continues unabated.

The number of refugees entering Europe peaked in 2015 at just over one million. Half were Syrian, 20 percent from Afghanistan and seven percent from Iraq, with most of the remaining 33 per cent coming from Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, 3,771 people drowned while crossing the Mediterraneancrammed into unseaworthy and overcrowded boats by traffickers. Most of the migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are trying to reach Europe through Libya. The lack of an effective government in Libya has enabled people traffickers to operate almost unhindered out of Libyan ports and there are reports that some migrants are being sold as slaves in Libya.

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