In 2015, the European Commission launched an “Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa”, consisting of EUR1.8 billion from the EU budget and the European Development Fund (EDF), to be complemented by contributions from EU Member States and other donors.
What is the aim of the Trust Fund?
The Trust Fund aims to help foster stability in regions and to contribute to better migration management. It aims to address the root causes of destabilization, forced displacement and irregular migration, by promoting economic and equal opportunities, security and development. It constitutes an important instrument for the implementation of the Action Plan adopted at the Valletta Summit.
How can the Trust Fund’s support help deal with irregular migration and refugees?
The European Agenda on Migration aims to prevent further loss of lives at sea and to reinforce overall cooperation with key countries of transit and origin. It also aims to tackle root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement in countries of origin and transit, in particular by strengthening the rule of law, creating economic and education opportunities, and building better governance, and the effective sustainable return, readmission and reintegration of irregular migrants not qualifying for protection. This requires a firm commitment to supporting capacity building of third countries in the field of migration and border management, as well as to the stabilization and development of these regions of Africa.
Who benefits from the Trust Fund?
The Trust Fund will benefit a wide range of countries across Africa that encompass the major African migration routes to Europe. These countries are among the most fragile and those most affected by migration. They will draw the greatest benefit from EU financial assistance. The countries and regions are:
To learn more about EU as a funder and the Trust Fund for Africa, follow this link.
Enquiries should be directed to:
Programme Development Adviser
Project Manager– Gambia YEP
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