Underdevelopment, poverty and poor socio-oeconomic conditions are among the root causes of the current migratory pressure faced by Europe. The trend affects mainly, but not only, countries across Africa.
As part of its efforts to support international cooperation to fight these root causes, the Commission is devoting substantial assistance, especially in the context of migration and development. With a budget allocation of EUR 96.8 billion over the 2014-2020 period, EU external assistance plays an important role in addressing poverty, insecurity, inequality and unemployment. This includes support to regions and countries at the origin of today’s migration flows and therefore contributes towards addressing the root causes of migration.
At the Valletta Summit due to 11-12 November 2015 between EU and African States an EU Trust Fund for Africa will be presented, where resources amounting to EUR 1.8 billion which should be pooled to address root causes of migration.
The Commission, in coordination with Member States, is working for the implementation of a migration policy that would encourage an orderly, safe and regular migration. Integration of migrants in the host societies is a key part of such policy by ensuring full participation to the life and economy of the host society, fostering social cohesion and combating every form of racism and xenophobia. The Commission is committed to use all the tools at its disposal to support policies fostering social cohesion, inclusion and integration, essential to build welcoming communities where everyone can fully contribute to the society on the basis of shared and common values and in a tolerant and respectful environment. EU development aid assists towards the achievement of these aims.