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Libya and Europe: imperialism, crisis and migration

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Lucia Pradella, Sahar Taghdisi Rad

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalThird World Quarterly
Early online date25 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jul 2017


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This article examines the recent dynamics of European imperialism in Libya in the light of Marx’s theory of the global reserve army of labour. It analyses the limited advance of Western imperialism in Libya in the decade before the 2011 uprisings, the interactions between local, regional and international forces during and after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) intervention, and, finally, the evolving migratory patterns from Libya. In this light, the instability along the southern and eastern Mediterranean coastline – a product of the uprisings and the forms of political reactions they unleashed – is simultaneously a security threat and a channel of migratory movements to European capitalism.

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