EU and African leaders to jointly tackle the migration crisis across the Mediterranean

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, fourth left, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, third left, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, in the center, Federica Mogherini, fourth right and Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe, second right. Date: 13/07/2017. Location: Paris © European Union , 2017. Photo: Silvère Gérard

It was last week when the leaders of Italy, France, Germany and Spain met in Paris with the African leaders of Chad, Niger and Libya to discuss on how to manage the influx of migrants through Libya and across the Mediterranean. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, hosted the summit and mentioned that refugee crisis is an issue that concerns everyone and must be dealt respectively.

However, the Italian Prime Minister said that the biggest EU countries had not yet contributed enough to slow down the number of refugees coming from northern Africa. Paolo Gentiloni welcomed the commitment of the French president for a joint strategy but said that it must be followed by actions as well.

Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission, also participated in the summit mentioning that common strategy in tackling the migration crisis has begun showing results and this meeting is going to add on this endeavor. The latter is proven by the fact that no reports of migrant deaths have been reported in the Mediterranean since August 9 according to the UN Migration Agency IOM.

Macron and his migration policy

The French president has decided to take the lead by organizing a meeting between EU and African leaders in order to manage refugee crisis and promote a migration policy that would make him more popular in France and the European Union. Emmanuel Macron had stated last month that he will open refugee camps in migrant hotspots in Africa in order to allocate refugees before crossing the Mediterranean but it was rejected by the French government. The French president mentioned this solution again during the summit but instead the leaders asked for extra EU support.

Overall, it was agreed to provide assistance to Chad and Niger control their borders, support development in countries of origin of migrants and work towards stability in Libya. Futhermore, the leaders agreed with Emmanuel Macron’s plans to close the Mediterranean route to migrants and keep them in Africa. All leaders made it clear during the summit that migrants who are leaving Africa will most likely not receive asylum in Europe.

Italy asks for more EU aid

The Italian Prime minister mentioned that the EU has just started providing help to his country in order to face the long-lasting issue of migration crisis. By implementing a common strategy, the flows of migrants can be controlled. More specifically, Paolo Gentiloni stated:  “The message that comes from today’s meeting, for which I thank Emmanuel Macron and all those present, is that by joining forces and having a strategy, we can achieve results. I have to say that in the last few weeks, in the last few months, we have also achieved results on the Central Mediterranean route, but they have been the first and they need to be consolidated. This commitment must come from Europe because it can’t be the commitment of just one country or some countries. It must be a European commitment.”

EU invests in Africa

Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief and Vice-President of the EC, mentioned that the EU has already been investing in Africa 20 billion euros per year and therefore there is no need for another plan. More in detail, Federica Mogherini said: “Our friends in Africa have long been telling us that ‘the issue is poverty’. The European Union and its Member States together spend €20 billion per year in Africa in various areas – from development cooperation to private investment, from humanitarian aid to work on peace and security. We do not, therefore, need to come up with a new Marshall Plan – we already have a European plan in place, which is up and running and which can certainly be used even more effectively by all Europeans and Africans.

What is more, the High Representative of the European Union stated that we start seeing the outcomes of our policies but share responsibility within the EU borders and commitment by all EU citizens is required in order to manage and control migration flows across the Mediterranean.

Migration figures indeed slow down

The International Organisation for Migrants reported that the total amount of migrants to have died in the Mediterranean Sea remained at 2.410 for 20 days during August. Only 19 fatalities have been recorded in August which is a large drop compared to the 689 deaths in August 2015 and 62 in 2016. In addition, 121.517 refugees entered the EU by sea in 2017 so far whereas 272.612 had arrived from January till 27 August 2016.

All in all, it seems that the recent mobilization of the EU leaders together with the Commission Action Plan introduced last July is showing results as far as the management of the refugees across the Mediterranean is concerned.  Of course, more should be done and the EU-Africa summit at the end of November is a good opportunity to follow up on the commitments of this meeting while looking also for new ways of strategic partnership.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

This is the state of the world’s health, in numbers

Google and Apple suddenly realise that doing business in EU is tough?

Tunisia wants to change inheritance rules to boost gender equality

New malaria vaccine trial in Malawi marks ‘an innovation milestone’, declares UN health agency

Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

COVID-19 sparked an economic crisis ‘like no other’ – but these measures can help now: WHO, IMF

Dignified health for all who live here

Health conditions for citizens of Yemen’s key port city ‘remain critical’ says UN agency

New report says better metrics could have prompted stronger response to the crisis

How data can help mining companies tackle their trust deficit

Schengen: new rules for temporary checks at national borders

What has changed in the French politico-economic horizon

Quality of air in Bucharest-Romania: is it fog or is it smog?

EU Commission expects consumer spending to unlock growth

Making the most of our ‘extra time’ – for ourselves and society

4 steps towards wiping out cervical cancer

The future of crypto-assets, from opportunities to policy implications

#Travelgoals: why Instagram is key to understanding millennial tourism

Trump fines China with $50 billion a year plus some more…

5 things to know about the exploding world of pro gaming

Why CFOs need to rethink what it means to create value

Brexit Update: EU endorses unprecedented compromise to help Cameron out of the referendum mess he got himself into

Medical students, climate change and health: an unorthodox combination

New labour laws in Qatar benefiting migrant workers a ‘momentous step forward’: ILO

Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect

How to make primary healthcare a favourable career choice for medical students: Strategies and reflections

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo conflict zone ‘remains dangerous and unpredictable’ – UN chiefs

Why capital markets have no more reservetions about Eurozone

We can build a carbon-neutral world by 2050. Here’s how

Stepped-up efforts needed to combat pneumonia; save nearly nine million children’s lives

Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a brighter future’ for cave rescue boys, says UN Refugee Agency

EU Trust Fund Bêkou for the Central African Republic extended until 2020

New UN Global Climate report ‘another strong wake-up call’ over global warming: Guterres

Commission tries to solidify the EU statistical system

EU-Turkey relations: EU considers imposing sanctions while Turkey keeps violating Cyprus’ sovereignty

Climate finance for developing countries reached USD 71 billion in 2017

Abandoned mines could become the farms of the future

The reverberation of permanent multiprofessional education in combating antimicrobial resistance: future generation prognostic change

Glaringly false reassurances about the repercussions of the EU-US free trade agreement

Eurozone: Uncertain future with unemployment ravaging the South

Brexit ‘no-deal’ preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal on 31 October 2019

Volkswagen scandal update: “We want clarity fast, but it is equally important to have the complete picture”, Commission’s spokesperson underscores from Brussels

How do we build a #sustainableworld?

How Europe beat the financial crisis – and the risks it still faces

Abuse of authority provisions adopted by the Senate raise concerns over Brazil’s capacity to ensure independence of prosecutors and judges in fighting corruption

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

UN Chief ‘strongly rejects’ Guatemala decision to expel anti-corruption body

Help African farmers cope with climate change threats, UN food agency urges

The world wide web is 30 years old. What better time to fight for its future?

Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, says European Parliament

COVID-19: Stopping the rise in domestic violence during lockdown

Successful carbon removal depends on these 3 conditions

These chefs are fighting hunger and poverty with gastronomy

These researchers want to use your computer in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine

These will be the main cybersecurity trends in 2020

Colombia’s former president says COVID-19 shows the importance of listening to indigenous peoples on how we treat the planet

Number of MEPs to be reduced after EU elections in 2019

Chart of the Day: These are the world’s most innovative economies

Memoirs from a unique trip to China: “my new old dragon” (Part I)

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine

More Stings?

Advertising

Comments

  1. Pearl Colyer says:

    Macron and Mekrel’s attempts to tackle the crisis are a joke. Germany and France with their liberalism are bringing the downfall of the EU. Know how they deal migrant crisis in Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia? They just give no even a damn about all those ultimatums coming from Germany, France and the UN. So the European migration crisis policy is currently limited to Macron and Merkel holding endless number of useless summits…

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s