EU approves EUR-90-mln migration progs. in N. Africa

The European Commission Friday approved three new migration-related programmes in Northern Africa totalling EUR 90.5 million (USD 106 million).

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a statement that “today’s new programmes will step up our work to managing migration flows in a humane and sustainable way, by saving and protecting lives of refugees and migrants and providing them with assistance and by fighting against traffickers and smugglers.” The money will fund three programmes, including border management for the Maghreb region, protection of refugees and migrants in Libya at disembarkation points and in detention centres, and to support the 2014 Moroccan National Strategy on migration.

The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was established in 2015 to address the root causes of illegal migration to Europe. The budget allocated so far amounts to EUR 3.43 billion (USD 3.9 billion) from the EU, EU Member States and other donors.

So far, 164 programmes across the three regions (North of Africa, Sahel/Lake Chad and Horn of Africa) have been approved for a total amount of around EUR 3.06 billion (USD 3.5 billion).

Source: Kuwait News Agency