EU and African ministers meet over illegal migration

Ministers from 30 European and 27 African nations are meeting in Rabat, Morocco, to address the issue of illegal migration. A plan of action is expected to come out of the meeting. check

The ministers are meeting from 10 to 11 July to seek ways of dealing with the ever-increasing number of African immigrants who are fleeing their countries in search of a better life in Europe.

An action plan is expected to tackle immigration flows from two sides, external borders’ surveillance and poverty alleviation. On the repression side, the ministers are discussing joint police patrols in the Mediterranean and off the West African coast to stop migrant’s boats. 

Over 10,000 people have arrived in the Canary islands since the beginning of 2006, according to Jean-Philippe Chauzy, a spokesperson for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). This is already twice as much as last year, he said.

On the poverty alleviation side, discussions are focussing on development projects, language training and education of potential immigrants.

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