EU efforts to reduce the amount of migrants coming from Africa are seeing “first results”, amid flaring political tension on immigration.
The numbers of people in transit in Niger had fallen drastically and voluntary deportations from Libya had more than doubled thanks to EU projects, Federica Mogherini, the head of the EU foreign service, said in Luxembourg on Monday (19 June).
There were 5,000 people in Niger in May en route, most likely, to the EU, compared to 70,000 in the same month last year, she said.
The EU, the International Migration Organisation (IOM), and the UN had also sent 4,500 people back home from Libya in the first few months of this year compared to 2,000 in all of last year.
Mogherini said the deportees freely “chose” to go home and that the EU gave them logistical and financial support.
She added that the Libyan…