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Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime – Niger: Routes Shift Amid Post-covid Increase in Human Smuggling

3 June 2022

In 2021, migration dynamics in Niger involved the consolidation of a trend in which the flow of irregular non-Nigerien migrants moving to Algeria overtook the numbers transiting towards Libya – historically the most popular route for sub-Saharans seeking opportunities in North Africa or Europe.


Although these flows are not new, the emergence of transit hubs such as the city of Tahoua – 370 kilometres east of the capital Niamey, halfway on the road to the city of Agadez – has catered to increasing demand for journeys to Algeria. Tahoua’s rise has contributed to the sustained decline ofAgadez – formerly Niger’s irregular-migration fulcrum and the principal gateway to Libya – while also
being the result of it.



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