EXCLUSIVE: EU migrant policy in Africa built on incorrect Niger data

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 31, 2017 0

The European Union has been touting a faulty figure for migration reduction through key transit country Niger as it looks to expand a policy of giving more development aid to African nations if they crack down on people smuggling and migrants, IRIN can exclusively reveal. When the International Organization for Migration released figures in early December showing a dramatic drop in the numbers of migrants transiting through northern Niger to reach Europe the previous month, EU officials seized on them as evidence that its strategy of partnering with African countries to curb irregular migration was working. On the back of EU funding specifically for the purpose, IOM has been monitoring the movements of migrants through Niger since February

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EXCLUSIVE: EU migrant policy in Africa built on incorrect Niger data

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