Mauritania: Migrant dreams of Europe

A growing number of West African migrants are giving up attempts to reach Europe and settling in Mauritania instead.

by

    For decades Mauritania has been known as a major transit route from West Africa to Spain’s Canary Islands.

    It is a lucrative trade for people smugglers, but the journey is fraught with danger for migrants - many have drowned at sea over the years.

    The risks, coupled with efforts by the Mauritanian authorities to tighten the borders, have forced some migrants to reconsider their dreams of reaching Europe.

    Mohammed from Nigeria turned back after catching a glimpse of the heavily overloaded migrant boat he was due to board. Traware from Mali remains unphased - he’s tried three times and remains determined to push on.

    Al Jazeera’s Hassan Ghani reports.

    Follow Hassan Ghani on Twitter: @hassan_ghani

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

    Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

    Major General SB Moyo addresses the nation after Zimbabwe's military seizes state TV, blocks off government offices.

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Can Aamir Khan create lasting change in Indian society or is he just another Bollywood star playing the role of a hero?