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No Wall for Ethiopia, Rather an Open Door—Even for Its Enemy

Adinbried (Ethiopia) – It’s one thing to read about the exodus of souls flowing out of Eritrea, it’s quite another to look into the tired eyes, surrounded by dust and grime, of a 14-year-old Eritrean girl who’s just arrived on the Ethiopian side of the shared border.

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Op-ed. On World Refugee Day say yes to human mobility and no to Fortress Europe

Bruxelles – World Refugee Day is observed each year on June 20. On the eve of the EU Council that will gather European Heads of State in Brussels (June 22-23), Caritas Europa believes “that the EU and its Member States now have a choice, they can continue the outdated, harmful migration policies or they can help stop this tragedy by investing in a modern and dynamic welcoming Europe”. Op-ed by Leïla Bodeux, Policy and advocacy officer on asylum and migration policies at CaritasEuropa.

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Migration: EU money in exchange for border controls in Africa

Niamey (Niger) – European funds in exchange for greater border controls. Easier repatriations. Quicker expulsions. In a word: border externalisation. Read the field story written by Sara Prestianni for #DivertedAid, an investigative project on the management and the impact of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

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Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela (European Commission’s spokesperson): “Migration should always be considered in a broader perspective”

Brussels – In an interview with Afronline, media partner of #DivertedAid, the investigative project report on of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the European Commission’s spokesperson in charge of development cooperation, Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela, says that “migration should always be considered in a broader perspective”, claiming that “the supports programs of the Fund are fully in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

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Bob van Dillen (Caritas Europa): “EU development strategy is in contradiction with the UN Agenda 2030”

Brussels – Tomorrow the European Foreign Affairs Council will officially adopt the new EU Consensus for development, a key document that should align the EU’s policy with the UN 2030 Agenda. But behind the scene, other interests prevail. According to Bob van Dillen, Caritas Europa‘s policy and advocacy officer, “it now seems that stopping migration and returning migrants to their countries of origin has become the primary objective of EU development cooperation, which is in contradiction with the UN 2030 Agenda which rather sees migration as a force for development”.

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NGOs saving lives in the Mediterranean are under attack

Milan (Italy) – Last week Italian Deputy Lower House Speaker, Luigi Di Maio, defined NGOs saving lives at sea as “taxis for migrants”. This was only the last of a long series of attacks to non-governmental organisations rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, after Frontex’ accusations of being “a pull factor” for traffickers and the allegations of colluding with smugglers made by Catania chief prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro.

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