Which refugee crisis?

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Europe was shocked by the news that a boat full of migrants sunk into the Mediterranean Sea taking with it fifty-seven people. The episode occurred when the Italian Navy vessel Sibilla, in its effort to protect the common EU borders collided with the migrants’ boat. Some serious debates took place then, raising questions as to whether it was an accident or part of a political effort to stop the flow of migrants or whether the Italian Navy could have intervened and rescued the migrants. The year was 1997 and the non-EU migrants were Albanians fleeing the 1997 civil war that followed the collapse of the ‘pyramid’ banking system in their home country. The transition of the country to market economy and the new ambitious financial innovations had been promoted by the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) but also the European Economic Community (EEC).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Crisis behind the Eurocrisis
Subtitle of host publicationThe Eurocrisis as a Multidimensional Systemic Crisis of the EU
EditorsEva Nanopoulos, Fotis Vergis
PublisherCambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781108598859
ISBN (Print)9781108470346
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • EU regulation
  • European cities
  • Refugees
  • Crisis

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