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Migrants rescued from the sea by the Spanish coast guard

GIS Dossier: Europe as a global player: The Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa

The most important part of Europe’s security perimeter in the 21st century may be its southern rim. The migration crisis of 2015 was only a foretaste of the demographic, economic and political pressures that are building up in the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. Yet the approaches tried by European powers in this vital and growing region have generally failed. They need to get it right as new rival enters the neighborhood – China.

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