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Africa: EU uses development funds for migration control

Aug10

Military equipment, police tranining, centers for repatriated migrants and computerized systems for the collection of digital fingerprints that will guarantee, in Europe, the identification of the country of origin of migrants therefore making easier their expulsion. The objective: control the migrations from Africa and reinforce for this scope the governments of the countries of origin and transit of those who would want to cross the Mediterranean.

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In Niger and Mali among migrants returning back from Libya

Niamey, Bamako – As of several months ago, in Niger as in Mali, two of the principal stops of the itinerary of the migrants of the Sub-Saharan Africa towards Europe, the routes and stories of the people journeying are changing. In fact, following the arrival of the initial financing of the EU Trust Fund for Africa, created at the Euro-African meeting at Valletta in November 2015, these countries’ migratory policies are adapting to the requests of the European Union to stop or at lease contain the flow of the “Central Mediterranean”, subjecting a good part of the aid for development to signed agreements for repatriation and the externalization of the community frontiers south of the sands of the Sahara.

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Concord Europe: Lack of solidarity between EU Member States on migration

Brussels – The network of European NGOs, CONCORD Europe, is concerned about recent declarations regarding migration management at the EU level. Following Italian threats to close ports to boats carrying migrants and issuing a code of conduct for NGOs, we worry new measures will limit their action in the Mediterranean, diverting attention from the lack of solidarity between EU Member States onto civil society organisations.

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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(June 22-23), Caritas Europa believes “that the EU and its Member States now have a choice, they can continue the outdated, harmful migration policies or they can help stop this tragedy by investing in a modern and dynamic welcoming Europe”.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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Italy is back at the European Development Days

Brussels – The 11th edition of the European Development Days will be held in Brussels on June 7 and 8. Organised by the European Commission, the EDD bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year, the Italian delegation will be led by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mario Giro, and the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), Laura Frigenti.

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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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