Italy announces additional EUR 80M for Africa Fund
Africa Fund has received additional EUR 80M to its EUR 200M from Italy designed to fight illegal migration from Africa.
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano announced the funds to foreign ministers from Africa and the European Union at a conference held on 6 February in Rome.
“We want to re launch economic investments in migration communities of origin and in transit countries,” Alfano said on the foreign ministry twitter account. “Italy has decided to refinance the Africa Fund by an additional EUR 80M.”
Italy’s Africa Fund was launched in January 2017 to “fight illegal immigration, stop migrant departures, and destroy human trafficking.”
The African and European ministers from migrants transit and destination countries were at a conference titled “A Shared Responsibility for a Common Goal — Solidarity and Security”, the second meeting held since July 6, 2017.
Present at the conference were ministers from Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Malta, the Netherlands, Niger, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, and Bulgaria, the current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), the United Nations migration agency (IOM), and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also participated in the conference.
In the final declaration at the conclusion of the conference, the participating countries expressed their “deep concern about the suffering, abuse and exploitation of refugees, asylum seekers and illegal migrants, especially women and children, and about the unacceptable loss of lives during their moves.”
The countries made a call to “increase the international mobilisation” in cooperation with “African countries of transit” and the “the improvement of the management and prevention of illegal migration and border controls”.
TMP – 01/03/2018
Photo credit: Angelino Alfano/ MAECI. Ministers at “A Shared Responsibility for a Common Goal — Solidarity and Security”.