Laying out the 'Unwelcome' Mat

Desperate efforts to control the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean have put European countries on the offensive, leading to some questionable methods, writes Adam Nossiter.

Italian authorities have reportedly negotiated with warlords controlling migration routes.

In Niger, France vets asylum seekers and discourages would-be migrants from deadly sea crossings. Saving some a deadly journey, the effort offers a free ride to France for a select few who are singled out as asylum cases. But political refugees and economic migrants are both at dire risk of exploitation, says priest Mauro Armanino, making it “a policy without heart.” But one that sends a clear political message: don’t come.

The New York Times

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