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07 September 2018

Illegal migrants: France, Benelux propose EU aid for Africa

France and the three Benelux countries have launched a plan to offer European Union’s funds to African countries to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, and Prime Ministers of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands stated that they had agreed on concrete proposals to put forward at a meeting of EU leaders in Salzburg, Austria, later this month.

Also, Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, said agreements like those concluded with Turkey were needed to build on a hard-fought but vague deal on migration thrashed out at the EU summit in June.

The EU struck a deal with Turkey in twenty sixteen in an effort to stem the flow of migrants, under which Ankara agreed to take back illegal migrants landing on Greek islands in exchange for incentives including financial aid.

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