How does the EU cooperate with Africa on migration?
On the basis of its Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) – the overarching framework of the EU external migration and asylum policy – the EU is engaged in a broad dialogue with countries on the African continent on migration and mobility at bilateral, regional and continental levels:
1. Continental level, with the African Union (AU). A key political declaration on migration and mobility was endorsed by the Heads of State and Government at the EU-Africa Summit in April 2014. It reiterated the parties’ shared commitment to, amongst others, fight irregular migration and to address all its relevant aspects, including prevention, strengthened migration and border management, return and readmission, as well as addressing the root causes of irregular migration. The above mentioned declaration is underpinned by an Action Plan (2014-17), and the necessary financial resources.
2. Regional level, with policy dialogues with countries along the western migratory route (Rabat Process) and the eastern migratory route (Khartoum Process). These dialogues are underpinned by concrete action plans and financial resources. The EU has also launched the new Regional Development and Protection Programmes (RDPPs) in North Africa and the Horn of Africa.
3. Bilateral level, with a wide range of programme and project support, that aim to contribute to institutional and legislative reforms and capacity building in partner countries, as well as specific political agreements concluded with Morocco, Tunisia, Cape Verde and Nigeria, and another to be signed in the margins of the Valletta Summit with Ethiopia. These political agreements are supported by concrete EU funded actions.
In addition, cooperation with African countries takes place within the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Partnership Agreement signed in Cotonou in June 2000. In June 2012 the ACP-EU Council endorsed three sets of recommendations on (a) visas, (b) remittances and (c) readmission. The ACP-EU Council of Ministers in May 2015 endorsed also recommendations on stepping up the fight against trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants. (RAPID, MEMO/15/6026, 9.11.2015)