Linking Aid to Migration: A worrying direction of travel
CARE International "Aid, including humanitarian aid, is increasingly being related to, and justified by, a goal to limit migration from poor and fragile countries to wealthier countries. This is a problematic approach for several reasons, so how should humanitarian and development NGOs respond?
EU Trust Funds, though funded by official development assistance, were not established with a vision to reduce poverty or meet humanitarian needs or human rights, but to stem migration flows to the EU. “Addressing the root causes of migration” is a key theme of the UK Aid Strategy, and also features heavily in the 2016 Bilateral Development Review. Similar rhetoric, if not policy, is evident amongst other donor governments in Europe, North America and Australia." (Photo: Mentao refugee camp in Burkina Faso/Oxfam International/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)