EU Leaders set to offer Africa aid at migrant summit

Image courtesy of UK Department for International Development/ Flickr

Image courtesy of UK Department for International Development/ Flickr

 

EU leaders are expected to offer Africa billions of pounds in aid to help curb the migrant problems in Europe.

As the leaders gather at the migrant crisis summit in Malta this week the focus has been on stopping migration at the source.

The aim is to tackle the social and economic problems that cause mass migration, in the hopes that people will stay in their home countries.

The European Commission says it will give £1.3bn and it expects EU countries to pledge more.

It is estimated that 150,000 people have made the journey across the Mediterranean from Africa since January.

However since April the majority of immigrants have been coming from further east.  Large numbers of refugees – mostly Syrians – have arrived through Turkey and Greece.

 

 

 

 

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