The Commission recently presented a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration(1) with the objectives of assisting migrants in need of protection, reinforcing Europe’s borders, managing irregular migration flows better and making Europe’s legal migration policies more adapted to the needs of our economies and societies.
Following the deterioration of the situation in Libya, EU migration cooperation programmes, have been refocused to provide emergency care and support for migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers and displaced people in Libya and neighbouring countries.
The radical increase in the number of boats transporting migrants from Libyan shores has a direct link with instability in the country. The EU is supporting the UN sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue aimed at ending hostilities and the formation of a Government of National Unity.
The intention to reinforce cooperation with countries of origin and transit, both on stemming the flows of irregular migrations and on tackling the root causes of migration was reiterated at the European Council of 25-26 June 2015. In this regard, the EU is currently organising an international summit to be held in Valetta on 11 and 12 November 2015 to discuss migration issues with African and other key countries concerned. Moreover, the EU has mobilised a substantial financial envelope for a Trust Fund which will tackle, inter alia, the root causes of irregular migration in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and North Africa.