First published in The Canary on 21 September 2016:
As the UN meets to resolve the world’s ‘migrant crisis’, a thinktank has revealed that Europe has spent billions trying to stop migrants entering its borders. But its efforts have not really worked, and have only placed migrants in greater danger.
The first ever Refugee and Migration Summit was held at the UN on 19 and 20 September. World leaders gathered over two days to think of new ways to handle the unprecedented numbers of people migrating due to war, persecution, economic and environmental causes.
But an influential international development thinktank – the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) – has released an insightful report showing that despite spending €17bn on deterring migrants, they still arrive in European countries and claim asylum. The only impact of the EU spending is that migrants are using increasingly dangerous methods to get to Europe.