EU to boost Africa aid to stem influx

The EU will shortly present a new aid plan to curb the influx of African refugees via Libya, building on the deal it reached with Turkey in March.

EU to boost Africa aid to stem influx

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Commission aims to boost partnerships with nine countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Jordan, Libya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said project funding could eventually reach €62bn (£48bn; $70bn).

Controversially it may include security help for Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.

More than a million refugees and economic refugees entered the EU via the Mediterranean last year, many of them fleeing chaos and civil war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Hundreds also drowned in tragedies at sea, when overcrowded, flimsy boats sank.

Measures for Africa

The numbers reaching Greek islands from Turkey have dropped sharply since the EU-Turkey deal took effect in March. refugees with no grounds for EU asylum are being returned to Turkey, which has been promised extra EU aid and visa-free travel in exchange.

Despite that drop, the numbers reaching Italy on the central Mediterranean route have remained similar to last year's pattern, with more boats leaving Libya in the good weather.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Haziran 2016, 15:35