Paris Summit offers stricter measures to combat illegal migration

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 29.8.2017 10:08

During the summit in Paris on 28 August, French President Emmanuel Macron agreed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni that it is necessary to conduct checks on migrants in Africa.

The need for more stringent measures against illegal migration was also agreed on by representatives of African states, namely Libya, Chad, and Niger. In addition, African leaders are calling for greater European engagement in the fight against human smugglers and, in addition to statements, are expecting specific steps. This is why Emmanuel Macron suggested identifying persons who have the right to asylum in Niger and Chad with the whole process being covered by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). On 28 August, Germany also signed an agreement with Egypt to tackle illegal migration. The issue of migration agreements' success can be controversial since most African states do not have sufficient capacities to fight human smugglers or suppress migration, help from the EU countries is therefore practically necessary. The agreement with Turkey has been successful and helped to limit the flow of migrants coming to Greece, but most migrants are currently coming to Europe via the Mediterranean, where existing agreements are far less effective.

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