African migrants are not made up of only those fleeing danger: UN Report

21 October 2019, 9:22 PM
A new United Nations report has found that African migrants who often take dangerous routes to reach Europe are doing so not because they are fleeing danger but rather because their home countries are not able to meet their aspirations quickly enough.
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