Alex Duval Smith

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Partial or wholesale expulsions will be no more effective than gunships in stemming the exodus of young west African men attempting to reach Europe. Deterrence is not what is needed – at least, not against the migrants. And based on how development aid has been spent for the past 50 years in departure countries such as Gambia and Sierra Leone – or Mali, where I live – increasing it will not make much difference either.

Targeting the traffickers in Libya may temporarily reduce their activity in the Mediterranean. But, like ticket touts, they will be replaced. Even an effective clampdown, were it possible, would only move the problem down a bit.…  Seguir leyendo »