Trading migrants for aid. Tough talk at home gets lost in realpolitik abroad

Denmark and Norway are increasingly linking their aid to the return of refugees, but researchers say there is no evidence that aid conditionality can speed up the readmission of asylum seekers. Sweden says threatening to cut aid is “counter-productive.”


Euros for returnees. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani rides up top as Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabani pulls and Abdullah Abdullah pushes.
Cartoon: Shahid Atiqullah

 

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