EU Considers Working with Sudan, Eritrea to Stem Migrant Influx


The European Union is considering plans to work with African nations Sudan and Eritrea on stemming the flow of migrants entering southern Europe.

The East African countries are two of the largest sources of migrants entering Europe and considered two of the most oppressive regimes in the region. The EU plans would see Europe team up with the Sudanese and Eritrean government to help stabalise the countries.


EU considers cooperation

In order to solve the European migrant crisis, the EU is considering going right to the source of the problem. Instead of turning refugees away, an alternative path would see Europe offer support to the Sudanese and Eritrean governments through initiatives that could start as early as this summer.

The plans have outraged some rights groups and left-wing EMPs. Barbara Spinelli, an Italian MEP from group GUE/NGL claims the commission should be ashamed of itself.

“These ‘country packages’ would make us complicit with dictatorships and deny basic fundamental rights to people fleeing wars, famine and extreme poverty … The commission should be ashamed of this proposal,” she was quoted by the Guardian.


Oppressive regimes

Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir is still wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, Eritrea is subject to sanctions and an arms embargo by both the EU and UN. These are two regimes the international community has distanced itself from in every way possible.

The proposal to provide aid to these countries now – which would essentially mean sending funds directly to their governments – is controversial to say the least. The proposed strategy also suggests sending more aid technical assistance to 20 other countries, including Niger, Libya and Ethiopia.


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