African and European Leaders Commit to Fight Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration

African and European leaders have made a commitment to upscale their efforts in combating trafficking in human beings.

Immigrants arrive off the Italian coast

In the EU-Africa Declaration on Migration and Mobility signed during the EU-Africa Summit in Brussels on 2nd and 3rd April 2014, African and European leaders agreed to strengthen “partnership and cooperation on prevention, protection and prosecution as well as fighting against those taking advantage of all forms of exploitation, both in Europe and in Africa.”

Leaders of the two continents also made a commitment to fight irregular migration “by promoting comprehensive and efficient cooperation to avoid the dramatic consequences of irregular migration and to safeguard the lives of migrants.”

They agreed to strengthen migration and border management and to fight against smuggling of migrants. They also agreed to address the root causes of irregular migration.

The African and European leaders made a commitment “to strengthen the nexus between migration and development, including by stepping up efforts to significantly reduce the costs of remittances, consolidate the African Institute for Remittances and strengthen policy frameworks for enhancing Diaspora engagement.”

They further agreed to promote legal migration and mobility “by better organising legal migration and fostering well-managed mobility between and within the continents.”

The African and European leaders committed to respect the fundamental human rights of migrants irrespective of their legal status, saying it constitutes a cross-cutting issue of their cooperation.

They also agreed to strengthen international protection for refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons.

– The African News