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EU TO BOOST AFRICAN AID TO CURB MIGRANT CRISIS

 

The European Union has developed a new aid plan to curb the influx of African migrants via Libya.

The new aid plan was built on a deal reached with Turkey in March.

EU Migration Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos said the funding of the new plan could reach up to $70billion.

The European Commission aims to boost partnerships with nine countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Jordan, Libya, Ethiopia and Nigeria, BBC reported.

Over a million refugees and economic migrants fleeing civil war and political unrest in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, entered the EU through the Mediterranean last year.

There has been a drop in the numbers of refuges reaching Greek islands from Turkey since the EU-Turkey deal was implemented in March.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR reported that the main countries of origin are: Nigeria (15%), Gambia (10%), Somalia (9%), Ivory Coast, Eritrea and Guinea (8% each) and Senegal (7%), BBC reported.

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