Cheap “fixes” for migrant problems

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Problem:

Thousands of migrants try to enter Europe illegally each year and hundreds die on often perilous sea journeys.

Solution:

A $6bn development package for West Africa has been revealed which it is hoped will help halt the emigration of young people from the region.

Solution that might actually work:

Sadly, there is no quick-fix way to keep Africans from attempting the deadly journey to the Canary Islands and Lampedusa in unseaworthy craft, as there is no quick-fix way to keep Mexicans and Central Americans from attempting the risky crossing of America’s southwest desert. But among the highly imperfect solutions, Harvard’s Lant Pritchett has the best: give many of them a humane and dignified path to a substantial degree of economic opportunity through expanded guest worker arrangements.

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