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Niger migration corridor to Europe will persist

Friday, May 13, 2016

Subject

Migration flows through Niger.

Significance

Over the past three years, informal migration from West and Central Africa across the Mediterranean to Europe has attracted massive public attention in Europe and become a major practical and political challenge for EU governments. Niger, and in particular its northern city of Agadez, has become a key transit hub for migrants.

Impacts

  • France and the United States will remain partners in helping Niger counter the threat of Saharan jihadist terrorism.
  • Despite occasional jihadist attacks from Malian territory and instability in Libya, Issoufou will maintain his authority over the north.
  • However, instability may rise in the long term; politics is highly polarised and trust in democracy has declined sharply.
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