The European Commission has approved 3 new migration-related programmes in Northern Africa totalling more than €90 million. This follows last week’s European Council’s conclusions in which Leaders committed to stepping up support along the Central Mediterranean route. The new programmes under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa will increase EU assistance to refugees and vulnerable migrants and improve partner countries’ ability to better manage their borders.
The newly adopted €90.5 million in assistance will fund 3 programmes, which will complement ongoing EU efforts in the region:
The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was established in 2015 to address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement. The budget allocated so far amounts to €3.43 billion from the EU, EU Member States and other donors. So far, 164 programmes across the 3 regions (North of Africa, Sahel/Lake Chad and Horn of Africa) have been approved for a total amount of around €3.06 billion.
With this latest addition, €461 million from the North of Africa window were mobilised for 19 programmes responding to multiple needs across the region and beyond.
‘North of Africa Window’ of the EU Emergency Trust Fund
Factsheets: The North of Africa Window and Libya
Communication of 25 January 2017: Migration on the Central Mediterranean route. Managing flows, saving lives
Central Mediterranean Route: Protecting migrants and managing irregular flows