Partnership on migration: cooperation with North African partners to tackle crisis along Central Mediterranean Route

June 15, 2017
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The EU’s work with priority countries in Africa and increased efforts along the Central Mediterranean Migration Route are helping to save lives, fight traffickers and protect the rights of migrants, according to the latest progress report on the Partnership Framework on Migration.

“One year ago, we launched the Partnership Framework based on the conviction that managing migration requires partnership and a comprehensive approach, based on the protection of the rights of migrants, on the fight against the traffickers of human beings, on the work on the root causes starting from poverty, conflicts and climate change,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, presenting the report.

As well as intensive work with priority countries in Africa, the EU has responded to the ongoing crisis along the Central Mediterranean Route, by deepening its work with North African partners and with Libya in particular.

A €90 million package has been adopted under the EU Trust Fund for Africa, to reinforce the protection and resilience of migrants and refugees (including in centres), and host communities in Libya.

In Libya alone, so far in 2017 more than 4,000 migrants returned to their countries of origin, more than the number of migrants returned from Libya in the entire year of 2016.

The three Common Security and Defence Policy activities, EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia, EU Border Assistance Mission Libya and the EU Liaison and Planning Cell continue to contribute to the EU’s fight against smuggling networks and engage with Libyan authorities.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia