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Vol 50 No 7

Published 3rd April 2009



Huge numbers of West Africans hope to make a living abroad but find barriers in neighbouring countries and the rich West

The loss of more than 200 lives on 30 March, when a ship carrying African migrants to Europe sank off the coast of Libya, prompted calls for rich countries to ease their strictures on migration. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Portuguese former Premier António Guterres, said anti-migrant laws were fuelling desperation: 'This is a tragedy that is multiplying itself, in the Mediterranean, in the Gulf of Aden, in south-east Asia. More and more people are trying desperately to move.'

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