Monday, January 2, 2017
This week, Mali returned two deportees to France for failure to establish that they were, in fact, Malian.
The deportees, flown to the capitol city of Bamako, did not travel on Malian passports but European travel permits (fancily called "laissez-passer").
Mali has an agreement with the EU under which Mali is supposed to assist in "identifying irregular Malian migrants in Europe and providing them with the documents needed to return to their country of origin." In return, Mali has received significant financial benefits in the neighborhood of $150 million.
Mali has warned airlines not to let people using traveling under European travel permits to fly to Mali.