A new plan has been put together to help reduce illegal migration from Africa to Europe. Ministers from more than 50 countries came out of a meeting in Rabat, Morocco happy that the two continents can work together. Plans include not only the monitoring of migrants and combatting human trafficking, but also facilitating aid to African countries.
The foreign affairs minister for Niger insists Europe has its part to play.
“We could never channel what little ressources we have, which we need for our own development, into policing Europe’s borders. So we needed to sit round a table together and work out how the partnership can work.”
As well as a joint border patrol, the plan seeks to increase awareness among young and poor africans of the dangers of illegal migration. Every year many die as their small overcrowded boats capsize. A small demonstration was held to protest against selective immigration, a subject that was also discussed at the meeting.