Many people trying to get to Europe from sub-Saharan Africa pass through Agadez, in central Niger.

It's long been a haven for smugglers willing to get people across the desert to Libya, from where they try to cross the Mediterranean.

But the numbers trying that journey are now falling, due to an EU-funded government crackdown.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall reports from Agadez.

Africa, Niger, Politics