What European Member States and Commission must remember while committing new funds to the EU Trust Fund for Africa

Friday, June 22, 2018

EU Member States are preparing to meet at the 28-29 June European Council, and proposals to further externalize refugees’ protection and migration management to countries of origin and transit are already being flagged in quick succession. Meanwhile, an effort to replenish the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) is underway. Disparate hypothesis are emerging in the present political context that can open its possible use to supporting the creation of hotspots, or “disembarkation platforms”1 , in countries of origin and transit to strengthen the external borders of a “Fortress Europe”.

This policy brief reaffirms several features, which the European Commission and contributing EU MSs must put at the centre of the EUTF’s strategic orientations. The commission should preserve the EUTF’s nature of human rights based development, ensuring that it can foster migration movements which are positive and beneficial for countries of origin, transit and destination.