Helping would-be migrants stay put

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Since 2015, when more than 200,000 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea monthly from North Africa in search of work and safe harbor from conflict, it not only altered the politics in Europe, but it also pushed the European Union to spend roughly $550 million in Libya to help stem the human flow. The funding put more ships off the Libyan coast to intercept migrant flotillas. It improved detention centers in the country. By one measure the investment has paid off. The monthly average of migrants crossing from North Africa so far this year has dropped to roughly 5,500. But containment measures do not tell the full story of what is happening in Libya and why it matters to U.S. and European efforts to end illegal immigration.” (06/04/21)