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EU, Africa agree migration crisis plan despite divisions

Members of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) help a refugee on board a search and rescue vessel off the coast of LibyaEuropean Union and African leaders on Thursday approved a 1.8-billion-euro action plan they hope will help stem an unprecedented and politically explosive flow of migrants across the Mediterranean. The plan, which immediately came under fire from Senegal President Macky Sall, includes vague provisions on speeding up the repatriation of failed asylum-seekers as well as a limited expansion of opportunities for legal migration, principally for students and academic staff. It is to be underpinned by 1.8 billion euros of initial EU funding for an ‘Emergency Trust Fund’ which will provide finance for development projects designed to address the root causes of migratory pressures including poverty, conflict, repressive governance and the unsafe conditions endured by the millions of people displaced across Africa.

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