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European Commission - Press release

European Union adopts new EUR381 million package to tackle root causes of instability and irregular migration in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin

Brussels, 14 December 2016

The measures were adopted under the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, set up to address the root causes of instability, irregular migration and forced displacement in Africa.

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: ‘This new EUR 381 million package illustrates once again the European Union's global response to the root causes of instability and irregular migration. The package focuses on two priorities: (1) offering migrants and their families long-term prospects in their countries of origin, and (2) strengthening frameworks for regular and secure migration that guarantee respect for human rights and dignity.'

The adoption of these new measures, which are founded on a clear understanding of the situation in these countries and the local context, is the result of comprehensive dialogue with local, national and regional players.

The measures approved today include:

  • Establishing a universal and secure civil status information system in Mali. The aim is to help the Malian government consolidate its civil status system by linking it to a biometric database interconnected with local authorities and consular offices. A modern civil status information system will make it easier for citizens to exercise their individual rights, especially in matters of education and health.
  • The Lake Chad Inclusive Economic and Social Recovery Programme (RESILAC) under way in the areas of the Lake Chad Basin hardest hit by the current crisis in the region and climate change is aimed at boosting the local economy by creating jobs for young people in rural areas and diversifying family-based production systems, strengthening social cohesion through psychosocial support for communities affected by Boko Haram's violence and providing institutional support for local authorities and civil society organisations. The programme will have 90 000 direct beneficiaries (internally displaced persons, returning migrants and host communities).
  • Nine of the 28 measures adopted today are part of a migration initiative with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). This initiative is aimed at strengthening migration management and governance and at facilitating the return and reintegration of migrants and the protection of those most vulnerable.

These measures will make it possible to protect 60 000 migrants in need and to organise the return of 24 000 migrants in transit and their long-term reintegration in their country of origin. These measures also involve informing migrants and raising their awareness of the dangers of irregular migration and the alternatives to it for 2 000 communities of origin and 200 000 migrants on the migration routes.

A system for collecting and analysing data in each target country and at regional level will provide a clearer understanding of migratory flows.

  • The other 19 measures adopted address other priorities of the Trust Fund, in particular increasing the resilience of the most vulnerable groups, supporting youth employment, the private sector and entrepreneurship, improving training opportunities, supporting the working of civil society and combating radicalisation.


Since January 2016 a total of more than EUR 526 million has been committed in respect of the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin for 36 measures targeting the causes of instability and irregular migration (EUR 100 million committed following the Operating Committee's meeting of January 2016, EUR 280 million in April 2016 and EUR 146 million in June 2016). The 28 measures adopted today bring the total to over EUR 900 million.

For more information

Factsheet on the 28 new measures adopted:

Website of the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin:

Website of Commissioner Neven Mimica:





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