EU and Africa meet to address migrant crisis

EU and Africa meet to address migrant crisis

-NRN/Reuters

The European Union has offered African states a range of aid, as well as easier visa access and lower costs for migrants sending cash home, in return for help to curb migration into the EU.

The 17-page action plan is expected to be agreed to by EU and African leaders at a summit in Malta later today.

The deal if accepted would include African nations taking back illegal immigrants.

It also sets out dozens of other initiatives aimed at combating the poverty and insecurity driving Africans north.

EU officials highlighted renewed offers to ease visas and other access for African business and other travellers from countries that agree to take back citizens whom EU states want to expel as illegal aliens.

Barely a third of Africans ordered deported from Europe actually leave at present, EU data shows.

Under a pilot scheme, African states will send officials to Europe to help identify those of their citizens whom they would accept. Many destroy documents to thwart efforts to expel them.

SWEDEN TO IMPOSE NEW BORDER CONTROLS TO ADDRESS INFLUX OF REFUGEES

Sweden will impose temporary border controls from tonight in response to a record influx of refugees, a turnaround for a country known for its open-door policies that also threw down the gauntlet to other EU nations hit by a migration crisis.

The decision by a Nordic state that touts itself as a “humanitarian superpower” underscored how the flow of refugees into the European Union is straining its prized system of open internal borders close to breaking point.

It comes as Germany warned it could start sending Syrian refugees back to other EU states from which they came, prompting Hungary to insist it would take none, while Sweden’s neighbour Denmark said it was tightening immigration rules and Slovenia began to emulate Budapest in erecting new border fences.

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