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The Trump administration has confirmed visa bans on four African countries, including Nigeria (Quartz)

January 31, 2020

From the article:

"...The US has defended its decision with claims that the affected countries fell short of its security standards, including passport technology, and failed to share information on criminals and terrorist suspects. However, the restrictions will likely face intense criticism of suspected discriminatory undertones with two of the four affected African countries being Muslim-majority nations.

'The administration’s expanded travel ban now affects close to a quarter of the population of the African continent,' said Gyude Moore, a former Liberian government minister and current fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC. 'Less than a year after the US government unveiled its new US-Africa trade policy Prosper Africa, nationals of Nigeria, the continent’s largest country and economy, are being banned from visas that may lead to permanent residency in the US.'

Some analysts have described the expanding travel restrictions as an 'African ban' and an attempt by Trump to shore up his electoral base in the run-up to November’s presidential election where immmigration will likely again be a hot button topic.

'The rationale for limiting visas to the nationals of these four African countries can only be seen as a demand for a reduction in immigration from African countries collectively especially due to the White House’s previous assessment regarding ‘shithole countries’,' said Michael Clemens, a migration economist with CGD..."

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