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Niger, the migrant crisis you should know about
All eyes are now on the refugee crisis hitting Europe from the Mediterranean and the Balkan route, but what about the backstory in Africa, before the refugees and migrants hit the seas? Given that in 2050, Africa’s population is expected to reach 2 billion, the rising migratory flux from sub-Saharan Africa is not receiving the media attention it deserves.
10 November Nov 2015 1351 10 November 2015
Libya, waiting room for the Mediterranean
Though refugees and migrants are arriving in unprecedented waves in the Balkans, the flow from Libya remains an issue that must not be neglected. The European Union is increasingly interested in escalating military operations in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, but the political turmoil in the country has been without a solution for almost a year. Last week, the UN resumed unity deal negotiations that even the Tripoli-based General National Congress, which had boycotted the talks, is optimistic about. In the meantime, caught in between two disputing governments, the Libyan Coast Guard is severely underequipped for the humanitarian problem in its seas.