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Burkina Faso and Mali brace for migrants escaping Ivorian conflict

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Foreign workers flee Ivory Coast as they become targets for violent groups. Mali and Burkina Faso, two of the world's poorest countries, are expecting up to 50,000

Liz Ford guardian.co.uk, Monday 18 April 2011 18.05 BST

The governments of Burkina Faso and Mali are gearing up for the return of thousands of people fleeing the violence and the tense political situation in the Ivory Coast.

Three million people from Burkina Faso and 2 million from Mali work in Ivory Coast. Both countries are already receiving returnees and refugees, as foreigners are being targeted for violent attacks by supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivorian president who was arrested last week.

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