With the crisis in Haiti sparking fears of a new exodus and illegal crossings up in the Mediterranean, maritime illegal immigration is a challenge all destination countries are facing – one that is very different from the challenge of controlling a land border.

On Thursday, April 11, the International Network for Immigration Research (INIR) will host an event to address this issue, entitled “Illegal Immigration by Sea: Challenges in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean”.

The event will be streamed live on Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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The speakers will be from three member institutions of INIR:

  • George Fishman, a Senior Legal Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C., will discuss how the U.S. has responded to past Haitian migration crises;
  • Viktor Marsai, Director of the Migration Research Institute in Budapest, will discuss the European Union’s difficulties in dealing with illegal immigration across the Mediterranean; and
  • Eric Ruark, Director of Research at Numbers USA in Washington, D.C., will examine Florida’s recent moves as an example of what coastal states can do to limit maritime illegal immigration.
  • Moderator: Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies.


For more information, center@cis.org.

The International Network for Immigration Research is a collaboration between independent research centers which examine both the costs and benefits of immigration to their respective countries.