EU and North Africa to enhance cooperation on restricting migrant flow

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 22.3.2017 14:29

During the 20 March meeting with EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU's interior ministers from the central Mediterranean region agreed on a stronger cooperation aiming to curb migrant flow from Libya.

The participants of the meeting released a declaration of intent that promises to improve mutual coordination, data sharing and border strengthening in order to combat illegal migration. Italy is the worst-hit by this migration flow, with around 13,500 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to get to the EU. Despite the long-lasting negotiations with Libya migration hasn't decreased. However, the EU managed to push through a program that should provide Libya with material and financial assistance and arrange proper training for Libyan coastguard. The measure also aims at limiting the problem with the conditions in Libyan detention centres that activists and NGOs oppose. Currently, another risk for the EU might arise with the possible reopening of the Balkan route because of the recent dispute with Turkey.

 

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