Global Affairs

Europe’s broken border control crisis

A prolonged failure to address the reasons for a rising tide of migrants has fuelled the rise of extreme rightwing politicians

Crew members of the NGO rescue ship Ocean Viking handing out life jackets to migrants on an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean, on Oct 25, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Europe did not need this. Already struggling with a war on its doorstep, a looming energy crisis and rising inflation, the continent is facing another crucial challenge: a rising tide of migrants.

They are coming by land through Middle East migrant smuggling routes, by sea from Africa, frequently risking their lives by crossing the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean Sea in rickety dinghies.

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