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Migrants wait to be transported to a police station after being rescued in the Strait of Gibraltar, Algeciras, Spain, June 26, 2018 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).

The Drivers of African Migration Are Not Signs of Failure, but Potential Success

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Roughly 300 people will wade into the shallow water off the coast of Libya today, moving under the cover of night and according to the shouted instructions of their smugglers. Most will have come from sub-Saharan nations like Nigeria and Eritrea, having traveled for months along a route plagued by armed gangs and predatory police for the opportunity to climb into a rubber raft and float toward a future in Europe and beyond. In 2016 and 2017, nearly 8,000 migrants drowned while attempting this dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly late last month, U.S. President Donald Trump stated that “the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries. Make their countries great again.” In doing so, according to Trump, the United States will focus its foreign assistance on nations that “are frankly our friends.” ...

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