Migration has been a bleeding point for both social and political realms. Despite efforts and resources allocated for this matter, there are thousands of hundreds of people whom poverty, war, persecution, and the desire for a better and safer life stranded them to foreign countries. Two years passed since the largest immigration wave of at least one million people entered Europe. Nonetheless, federal institutions and governments are still looking for solutions to address this situation. Therefore, international leaders gathered to discuss strategies for upcoming migration crisis.
Libya Is the Last Transit Point that Separates Migrants from Europe
On Monday, representatives of several European and African countries joined a meeting in Paris to discuss ardent matters about migration social phenomenon. The event was described as a mini-summit between Chad, Niger, Libya, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Most topics regarded centralizing flows of people closer to their homeland.
The African states are trying to cope with the migration crisis as a transit zone. Libya is the cross point that separates refugees from Europe. Therefore, this region was shortly turned into a dangerous playground for traffickers. Often times they deceive their clients and send them in overcrowded boats across the Mediterranean. This year so far, this illegal business meant the death to 2,400 migrants.
European Leaders Are Pushing African States to Keep Migration Crisis within Their Territories
The discussed solutions include job growth programs with European finances, Chad and Niger assistance with border controls, and humanitarian funds from EU for Libya migrants. On top of that, Chad and Niger will probably have to impose migrants for filing asylum claims while they are still in their territory.
Through this decision, authorities will look to discourage those who don’t have plausible reasons to take the dangerous trip to Europe. European leaders claimed that these measures are necessary to guard migrants from the abuses of traffickers.
However, these moves also indicate that they push African countries into carrying part of the burden of putting a stop on illegal migration. These states are already receiving around $24 billion on an annual basis from European nations to support migration programs.
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