How Sudan’s new displacement crisis merges into Europe’s fantasized migration crisis

How Sudan’s new displacement crisis merges into Europe’s fantasized migration crisis

Date: Wednesday May 15th, 2024
Time: 11am
Speakers: Jérôme Tubiana (Doctors Without Borders)



The Sudanese crisis has been called the world’s worst displacement crisis: since April 2023, 8.5 million Sudanese were forcibly displaced, including about 1.3 million refugees. Only a small share of them take the roads to the Mediterranean and Europe, but since the new war, their journeys have been quicker than ever, in weeks rather than, as in the past, in months or years. Europe’s reaction to the new Sudanese war was not particularly vocal other than recognizing that it was also a refugee crisis, merging with Europe’s existing migration crisis. Calling for much-needed funding for the new refugees, the UN, to which the EU is a major donor, did not hesitate to play on Europe’s fears; the reasoning being that Europe’s interest was to keep the refugees in the camps in Chad, and thus fund relief or face increasing flows. Sudanese refugees still have to reach Europe by themselves and face obstacles—across the Sahara, the Mediterranean, or the Alps between Italy and France—that are not only natural, but also caused by European policies.


Biographies of the Speaker:

Since 2018, Jérôme Tubiana has been working as an operational advisor and advocacy manager with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), focusing on refugee and migration issues. Prior to this, Jérôme Tubiana worked as a researcher specializing in conflicts and migration across the Sahara and Horn of Africa, including for MSF and other humanitarian NGOs, human rights organizations, the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute and other think tanks, as well as the UN Security Council Panel of Experts on the Sudan and the African Union–United Nations Joint Mediation Support Team on Darfur. In addition to various reports, he is the author of several books including Chroniques du Darfour (Glénat, 2010) and the award-winning graphic novel Guantánamo Kid (SelfMadeHero/Abrams, 2019). His articles have appeared in the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, The Baffler, Le Monde Diplomatique and XXI.

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luisaarango2020 (2024, 4 mai). How Sudan’s new displacement crisis merges into Europe’s fantasized migration crisis. Researching Sudan - A perspective on contemporary Sudans. Consulté le 25 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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