Managing migration along the Central Mediterranean Route – Commission contributes to Malta discussion

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Publication Date 25/01/2017
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On 25 January 2017 the European Commission and the High Representative set out their contribution to the discussion on how to better manage migration and save lives along the Central Mediterranean route.

The Commission and the High Representative presented a number of additional measures to strengthen the EU's work along this route, in particular with and around Libya. These actions were focused on fighting human smuggling and trafficking networks, helping to manage migratory flows more effectively, continuing to save lives at sea and improving the living conditions of migrants and refugees in Libya and neighbouring countries.

Commentators noted that the European Commission and the EU High Representative came out against a suggestion from the Maltes EU Presidency for the EU to negotiate a similar deal with Libya to the 2016 EU-Turkey deal on migration.

The issue was due to be discussed at the Informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers, Valletta, Malta, 26-27 January 2017 and also at the Informal meeting of EU heads of state or government, Valletta, Malta, 3 February 2017.

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ESO: Background information: The EU’s migration policy in Africa: five ways forward
ESO: Background information: As long as people are pushed to flee their homes for Europe, smuggling networks will remain a necessity / Destination Europe? Understanding the dynamics and drivers of Mediterranean migration in 2015
ESO: Background information: European Council, Brussels, 28-29 June 2016
ESO: Background information: European Council: New deaths put Italy on track for sombre migrant records / Mediterranean death toll soars, 2016 is deadliest year yet / Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 328,225; Deaths at Sea: 3,671
EU: EEAS: Speech, 25.01.17: Remarks by Federica Mogherini at the press conference on additional measures for managing migration along the Central Mediterranean route
Euro|Topics: Debates, January / February 2017: A refugee pact with Libya? / Can the EU rely on Libya in the refugee crisis?
ESO: Background information: Valletta Summit on migration, 11-12 November 2015 / Informal meeting of heads of state or government, Valletta, 12 November 2015
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