EU allocates funds to rescue migrants
The European Commission has taken stock of all work strands of Progress report of Migration agenda. The Report highlighted the EU efforts for rescuing lives – 760,000 in Mediterranean Sea and over 23,000 in the Nigerien desert since 2015.
Unprecedented funding worth €9.7 billion has been mobilised mainly through the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
The creation of the Joint AU-EU-UN Taskforce to address the migrant situation in Libya has proven to be successful in achieving results on the ground and represents a unique framework for cooperation.
Over the past years “we have developed new partnerships and strengthened the old ones, starting with the African Union and the United Nations”, said the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini.
“Together we are saving lives and protecting those in need by enabling legal migration channels, addressing the drivers of migration, and fighting against smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings”, Mogherini said.
Together with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) the EU helped over 48,000 migrants to return safely to their homes and evacuated more than 4,000 people in need of international protection from Libya or through Niger for further resettlement.