Author: Ahmed Hassan Shalaby
Media: Almasri Alyoum, EGYPT
Date of publication: August 18, 2017
Short Summary: As growing dangers and increased EU pressure to stop illegal migration from Libya are redirecting part of the flow via Egypt local smugglers use bribery and camouflage techniques to smuggle migrants to Europe through the Mediterranean. Migration Media Award winning reporter Ahmed Hassan Shalaby exposes the links between smugglers and corrupt border guards, looks at the “innovative” ways of hiding migrants in hidden boat sections such as refrigerator rooms; and talks to a former commander of the Egyptian border security who describes the challenges of fighting the smugglers and comments on the EU policy of providing development aid to African countries in order to prevent illegal migration.
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Ahmed Hassan Shalaby is the winner of the First Place Migration Media Award in Print Category, Arabic.
This story is developed with OPEN Media Hub support and follows up on his award winning piece, Children’s Bodies: “Visa” for Crossing to the European Heaven.