EU offers 1.8-billion-euro Emergency Trust Fund to Africa

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By Euronews  with European Union, Reuters, James Franey
EU offers 1.8-billion-euro Emergency Trust Fund to Africa

<p>As the Valletta Summit on Migration drew to a close, European Union and African leaders signed an Emergency Trust Fund agreement to assist the development of African nations.</p> <p>Bankrolled by the EU, the fund also aims to encourage the countries to take back nationals who have migrated to Europe. </p> <p>It has been initially set at 1.8 billion euros.</p> <p>The accord comes as Sweden begins imposing temporary controls on the frontier, saying its open-border system has been strained to the limit.</p> <p>“We are all in a difficult situation. Sweden has received so many refugees, far more than any other countries per capita…This is not a fence. We need to make sure we have control over [how many] people come into Sweden,” said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.</p> <p>Sweden says it has “shouldered the greatest responsibility for the refugee crisis,” predicting that up to 190,000 asylum seekers could arrive in 2015. </p> <p>Our reporter James Franey was in Malta. He said:<br /> “The focus now shifts to Turkey, which this weekend hosts the G20 Summit, a forum normally dedicated to economic policy. There, the EU hopes to convince the world’s biggest economies that Europe’s migration crisis is theirs as well.”</p>