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Agreements with countries like Turkey, Sudan and Libya have helped the European Union dramatically cut the flow of migrants to the continent.

But some of these partnerships have generated controversy amid concerns that the Libyan and Sudanese forces helping Europe keep migrants away are involved in the illegal detention, torture and trafficking of asylum-seekers.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the costs and benefits of the EU's immigration policy and its efforts to stop would-be migrants hundreds of miles from Europe's borders.


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On this two-part edition of Global Journalist, we look at political corruption in Malaysia and a controversial new film about migration to Europe.

In Malaysia, the country's politics have been in turmoil for two years amid a corruption scandal involving the prime minister and allegations of money laundering in a government investment fund known as 1MDB.

Joining the program to talk about why the allegations have received little coverage in the southeast Asian nation's media is Nicholas Cheng of the Malaysian newspaper The Star.

In a separate interview, the Dutch filmmaker Guido Hendrikx speaks about his new film "Stranger in Paradise," a hard-edged look at how migrants are received in Europe. The film has shown at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the 2017 True/False Film Festival in Missouri.


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In June, the United Kingdom will vote on whether it will remain part of the European Union.

For those who want out, the so-called “Brexit” would allow the U.K. to better control immigration and free it from onerous EU regulations. But opponents say it would devastate the the U.K. economy, with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers saying it would cost the the country 142 billion dollars and almost one million jobs in the next four years.  

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the potential benefits and drawbacks of the UK leaving the EU, as well as what happens if the referendum fails.


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Next week is an historic one for Pope Francis. He’ll make his first trip to the United States since becoming pope in March 2013. He’ll visit President Obama in Washington D.C., stop by a high school in a poor section of New York, and attend a Catholic families conference in Philadelphia.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the effect of his papacy inside and outside the Roman Catholic church.