A new migrant crisis is unfolding in Niger

Under a 2015 deal with the EU Niger halts the migrant flow in exchange for aid. Once a thriving city of Agadez faces dramatic economy reduction.

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From boom to bust: crackdown takes toll on Niger smuggling hub

With tens of thousands of migrants flooding into the desert city of Agadez en route to Europe, Africa’s smuggling capital enjoyed a surge in business which boosted the local economy. But a government ban on the transportation of migrants has hit business badly, leaving disgruntled locals out of pocket.