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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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Valletta Summit: Oxfam, “Africa Trust Fund must help people, not build barriers

The Valletta summit’s declaration on migration pays lip service to people’s rights and dignity, and leaves grave doubts as to how Europe will in fact improve the lives people in Africa. While EU and African leaders met in Valletta, more people drowned in the sea, razor-wire fences were being erected in Slovenia and Sweden was implementing border controls.

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Exclusive. Federica Mogherini (EU foreign policy chief): “We need to build opportunities, not walls, with Africa”

Brussels – On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit on Migration that is taking place today and tomorrow in Valletta (Malta), the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security has released to Afronline, Vita International and African independent media partners an exclusive interview in which she stated the need “for Europe and Africa to jointly address common challenges such as migration and security by renewing our partnership.” Even if the tensions have been running high during the negotiations phase between EU and African partners, Mogherini is convinced that the Summit of Valletta is an historic chance for both parties to “build opportunities, not walls with Africa”.

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Valletta Summit: EU and Africa, so close but so far

Brussels – Malta is ready to host 90 delegations and 45 leaders for the EU-Africa summit on migration in La Valletta on the 11th and 12th November. Symbol of the tensions present between the parties, Morocco and Egypt, who are both respectively heads of the processes of Rabat and Khartoum, will send only foreign ministers. Meanwhile Afronline reveals the latest drafts of the Final Declaration and the Action Plan which will be discussed today during the last round of negotiations, to then be approved by the heads of state and government during the summit. continue reading »

Valletta Summit: at least Civil Society invited, but too late

Fixing a glaring omission as requested by civil society leaders from Europe and Africa, EU and African governments have agreed to participation of two representatives of civil society as observers in the high-level  Valletta Summit on Migration expected to convene at least 50 heads of states in both regions 11-12 November in Malta. Organized by the EU, participation in the Summit had originally been reserved only for governments and international organisations. continue reading »

November 2015 Day-by-Day

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