Why Helping Africa Makes Migration Worse
Their money’s no good there. Overwhelmed by economic refugees, the European Union has pledged billions of dollars on ambitious — and sometimes hastily implemented — development projects aimed at reducing African migration. While it’s logical that new jobs would keep people at home, research shows that new income actually boosts the exodus by providing enough cash to pay smugglers for a risky trip to Europe. In countries such as Mali, heavily dependent on expat remittances, it’s expected that even if development succeeds, convincing Africans to embrace their local economy will take generations.