26 Sep 2023

Has Niger coup made migrating to Europe easier?

International Editor

Many of the people who attempt the sea crossing from north Africa – especially Libya and Tunisia – have travelled long distances through central Africa to reach the Mediterranean shore, many seeking to escape famine or political turmoil back home.

More than 200,000 of the migrants in Libya and Tunisia have travelled through Niger, but the recent coup has effectively ended the EU’s agreement with Niamey, aimed at limiting the number of people making the journey.

Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum is in Niger.