‘We might as well try to get to Europe after all’: Migrants sent home by EU find broken promises in ‘white elephant’ repatriation scheme

The credibility of a flagship Brussels project to send African migrants stranded in Libya to their home countries is at risk over claims that it is incapable of delivering on its promises.

The European Union’s "assisted voluntary return" scheme aims to persuade hundreds of thousands of migrants in Libya to return to sub-Saharan Africa rather than trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

But officials administering the scheme have been attacked by mobs of returnees, who accused them of breaking pledges to provide grants and training packages upon their return home.

In the Gambian capital, Banjul, police were called to the offices of the International Organisation for Migration, a UN-body that…

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