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West African borders have got firmer with EU help: what it means for local interests

By Melissa Mouthaan, Researcher, University of Cambridge
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European and African states have been working together closely on migration since the early 2000s. The cooperation aims to “harden” West African borders – tighten them to deter mobility. The EU’s interests in this cooperation are clear. It wants to prevent migration to Europe by stopping it where it starts.

As a result, a security focus is evident in West African regional policy agendas. It is also evident in cooperation initiatives to build border infrastructure are numerous.

African states themselves have sent clear…The Conversation

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