From 25 to 27 February 2020 the international conference “Externalization of borders: Practices of detention and denial of the right to asylum” took place in Lagos. The event, promoted by ASGI through the Oruka and Sciabaca Projects, aimed at strengthening networks among organizations engaged in strategic actions against externalization policies implemented by the EU and Italy.
Nigeria is the origin’s country of a very high number of migrants affected by repatriation actions both "forced" and "voluntary". Among them a very high percentage of women victims of trafficking are included and, during their journey, are unable to have access to the right of asylum, and are often not even informed about this possibility. Once repatriated they are then exposed to the phenomenon of re-victimization and again to the risk of trafficking. In Nigeria externalization policies are based on agreements and return policies with EU and member states, collection and use of biometric data, role of international agencies.
The conference “Externalization of borders: Practices of detention and denial of the right to asylum”, to be held in Lagos on 25-26 February 2020, is promoted by ASGI as part of the Sciabaca & Oruka projects and aims to foster a public debate among African and European organizations on how border policies affect African citizens’ rights and their freedom of movement.