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Thursday, 07 July 2016

EU tells Africa: accept deportations or lose aid

Poor countries that refuse to accept tens of thousands of deported migrants will be stripped of aid and trade, under a rebooted EU strategy to halt the migration crisis. African states that help stem the flow of migrants over the Mediterranean will likewise be “rewarded”, the European Commission said, as it proposed refocusing its foreign policy around halting migration. The plans include spending up to €62bn to develop African economies, using €3.1bn volunteered by national governments as seed capital to raise cash on the international markets. Areas that could be hit by “negative incentives” if countries refuse to “co-operate” on halting migration include trade, education, climate change and agriculture. The pacts mirror the €6bn “dirty deal” with Turkey, in which Ankara was offered aid and visa-free travel to the Schengen zone in exchange for accepting deportations and controlling its borders. "Those countries who work with us will get certain treatment," an EU official said. "Those who don't want to or are incapable will get different treatment and that will be translated via our development, trade policies." An EU official warned the its “credibility” was at risk if member states failed to come up with the money. “We need that support.”

Source: telegraph.co.uk