The EU and Niger sign a new agreement to fight

Since 2015, Niger has implemented a deterrent policy to reduce the attractiveness of its territory, which has become a transit country for migrants. A policy linked to European Union subsidies.

as reported from Brussels, Pierre Benazet

According to the European Commission, cooperation with Niger is being “increased” thanks to the signing of this operational partnership to combat human trafficking. Since 2017, 700 criminals have been arrested. The new agreement with the EU should enable Niger to increase the impact of the Joint Investigation Team set up under the European Civilian Mission (EUCAP) Sahel-Niger.

And according to Hamadou Adamou Souley, Nigeria’s Interior Minister, this new cooperation agreement will make it possible to protect borders, protect migrants and improve the living conditions of all: “All these migrants ask for is to live with dignity; it should be treated as human beings. This is what Niger is trying to offer them as an opportunity. That is why we are opening our borders to these migrants and we are trying as much as possible to support them. “

For Hamadou Adamou Souley, it is important now to implement the new projects mentioned by the European Commissioner for Home Affairs during her visit to Agadez, namely economic development projects that will make it possible to provide new activities to those who used to live on migration.

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