Kagame, EU commissioner discuss support to welcome 30,000 migrants in Rwanda

On 1 December 2017 at 09:55

President Paul Kagame has discussed with European Union (EU) Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica on ways EU could support Rwanda so to welcome 30,000 migrants from Libya.

The discussion took place yesterday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on the sidelines of the African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit.

Through his twitter handle, Mimica said that officials from both sides discussed the cooperation in welcoming migrants from Libya to Rwanda.

“Meeting President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo discussing how EU could contribute and support Rwanda’s offer to welcome 30,000 migrants from Libya,” reads Mimica’s tweet.

Among other topics discussed include African, Caribbean and Pacific’s new partnership; the future Rwanda’s presidency over the African Union; and Gender.

These migrants from Libya come from different African countries targeting to cross to Europe through Mediterranean Sea where they desire soft life.

Recently, Mushikiwabo said that Rwanda will offer possible support in transporting migrants who will wish to be repatriated in their countries of origin as well as welcoming others who will wish to come in Rwanda.

Joint efforts to evacuate migrants from Libya

According to Africanews, the African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) have decided to put in place a task force in Libya to check migrant abuse.

The AU’s Moussa Faki Mahamat, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, its foreign affairs Chief Federica Mogherini and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met on Wednesday morning on the sidelines of AU-EU summit.

A statement joint press release said the EU-AU-UN Task Force aims to save and protect lives of migrants and refugees along the routes and in particular inside Libya, accelerating the assisted voluntary returns to countries of origin, and the resettlement of those in need of international protection.

“This action will build on, expand and accelerate the ongoing work done by countries of origin, and the IOM, with EU funding, which allowed so far the voluntary return to their countries of origin of 13 000 migrants since January,” reads Federica Mogherini’s tweet.

The African Union Chairperson Alpha Condé announced at the end of the AU-EU summit that Moroccan, French and German aircraft would soon start evacuating the 3,800 migrants from one particularly bad camp near the capital, Tripoli.

EU officials said they would also be discussing a proposal from French President Emmanuel Macron for police and military action against human traffickers and slavers in Libya.

According to Daily Maverick, the summit ended with a joint AU-EU declaration on the migrant situation in Libya, demanding “the opening without delay of a thorough, credible and independent investigation into the alleged sale at auctions of African migrants and the related serious violations of their rights,”.

It also called for an investigation of the condition of migrants in Libya and for ways to be found to provide them with help in voluntary repatriation to their countries of origin.

The declaration also asked all destination states with illegal migrants on their territories “to suspend their forcible return to Libya, considering the dangerous security situation in the country”.

And it urgently appealed to the international community as a whole to provide financial, material and technical support to the efforts of the AU Commission, the International Organisation for Migration and the countries whose nationals were stranded in Libya, to facilitate the return of migrants who wished to be repatriated.