Stepping up migration management
13 April, 2017
Most Sub-Saharan migrants try to reach Europe through Libya.
Following up on the Malta Declaration, the EU Trust Fund for Africa adopted last Wednesday a €90m programme to reinforce migration management in Libya, the EU press service reported. The money is to be used to address root causes of irregular migration as well as to support protection and resilience of migrants, refugees and host communities in Libya.
“For the EU, Libya and the Libyans have been and stay a top priority. We are working to promote a political solution to the Libyan crisis and to support the Libyan authorities on managing the migration flows. The additional €90m we adopt today are aimed at protecting and assisting migrants in the country, and the people who host them,” VP Federica Mogherini said.
The new programme addresses various aspects of the migration challenge in Libya and along the Central Mediterranean route: stepping up the protection of migrants in Libya; improving the conditions of host communities and of internally displaced persons, taking into account the difficult socio-economic conditions in Libya; and facilitating the voluntary return of migrants from Libya to their countries of origin.
The programme activities will be implemented in the main areas of settlement or transit of migrants and refugees (Libyan Southern border, municipalities along the migratory routes and along the coastal area) and in areas of displacement of Libyans and places to which internally displaced populations are returning.