In the last three years, Europe has erected border fences, closed ports, and paid Libya to warehouse migrants. While stemming migration to Europe, these policies have had dark consequences for migrants. Africans fleeing war and poverty are taking escape routes that subject them to kidnapping, sexual abuse, squalor, and raging civil wars. They cross war-torn Yemen on foot to get to Saudi Arabia and are herded into camps in Libya, where more than 50 died in a recent airstrike. In Libya, migrants have become “a money factory” for the Libyan Coast Guard, aid workers, and criminal gangs. The U.S. has followed Europe's lead, outsourcing asylum-seekers to Latin America, where along the US-Mexico border migrants are living in limbo, unable to go home or to move forward.
The AP took powerful, intimate reporting on the dangerous journey of Ethiopian migrants to Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Ethiopian migrants face great danger as they journey to Saudi Arabia.
According to the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration, the number of women making the trip jumped from nearly 15,000 in 2018 to more than 22,000 in 2019.
An Associated Press investigation found that the misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative web of businesses funded in part by the EU and enabled by the United Nations.
In Juarez, a cobbled-together community of migrants is trapped by U.S. policies in an immigration purgatory. Associated Press reporters Tim Sullivan and Cedar Attanasio spent a week in their world.