Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This paper is a case study of the advocacy led by AME to defend the rights of powerless Malian immigrants deported from Europe. It follows the case study guidelines of SIT Graduate Institute Policy Advocacy Course-linked Capstone Papers.

AME was founded in 1996 by Malian citizens, who have tasted the bitterness of illegal immigration and the humiliations of deportation.

First of all, this paper shows the main reasons why Malians try to leave their country at all costs to look for a “better life” in Europe, and describes the harrowing conditions in which deportees are brought back home.

This advocacy targets France, Italy and Spain, European countries which have adopted anti-migratory policies conducive to mass deportations of undocumented immigrants. It also targets North African countries such as Morocco, Libya which serve as European anti-illegal immigration gendarmes in the continent, and Mali which undergoes relentless pressure from European Union to collaborate in this anti-migratory struggle.

This paper displays the tactics used by AME to achieve its advocacy goal. These tactics comprise assistance to deportees, awareness and mobilization.

The assessment of this advocacy shows a considerable success although there is still room for improvement.

Finally, this paper shows the principal lessons to draw from this advocacy and that may be critical for future advocacy campaigns.


Human Geography | Inequality and Stratification