Turning Migrants into a Commodity
Ty McCormick, Cameron Abadi, Peter Tinti, Nichole Sobecki, and Jill Filipovic
More than 2,500 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The crisis has spurred an aggressive European security response, and an attempt to counter the "root causes" of migration by promoting economic development in the poorest African countries. A special online package from Foreign Policy suggests those efforts are backfiring. Development projects are failing, and even if successful, better jobs and income can actually increase migratory pressures. European inducements to block migration from Libya, meanwhile, have fostered a situation where "migrants have become a commodity to be captured, sold, traded, and leveraged."
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Doug Bock Clark
What happens when Myanmar, one of the most isolated countries in the world, gets internet access almost overnight? As Doug Bock Clark reports for Wired, it’s highly disruptive—and can serve to spread hatred and violence.