The project aims to provide a comparative analysis of Italian and Spanish approaches to migration in the Sahel region. Promoted by the Italian Embassy in Madrid, and coordinated by IAI and the Elcano Royal Institute, it will analyse the migratory challenges faced by Italy and Spain and will investigate how to enhance cooperation and coordination between the two countries. In order to do so, it will comparatively assess Italian and Spanish migration management policies by focusing on the Niger and Senegal case studies, respectively, identifying best practices both in terms of bilateral cooperation and in the context of the EU framework. Drawing on this analysis, it will provide a set of policy recommendations on how to minimise inconsistencies and maximise policy synergies so as to realize shared objectives.
The project foresees interviews with relevant policymakers in Italy, Spain and European institutions, the publication of a policy paper and a final conference in Madrid where the findings of the study will be presented to policymakers, scholars and representatives of Spanish institutions and European Embassies.
Funding: Italian Embassy in Madrid, Compagnia di San Paolo