Yves here. Perhaps I am reflexively contrarian, so I hope readers in Europe and/or those who know the Middle East and North Africa will weigh in to sanity check this article. On the one hand, it seems entirely credible that a policy of handing dough to foreign countries to have them keep their emigrants well away from your territory is a recipe for at best incompetence, and at worst cheating. If this regime were meant to be serious, one would expect the moneybags to have some supervision or audit rights. And there also needs to be a way to come up with baselines, as in what would migration have arguably been ex the intervention? For instance, famines and serious floods often lead the afflicted to decide to relocate, and abroad may look like the best of bad options.

On the other, the piece carries an undertone of far too much

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