“The European Union introduced a new Migration Partnership Framework in June 2016 that fully integrates migration in the European Union’s foreign policy. This is a key element of the European Union Global Strategy. The new approach rethinks how all concerned actors – the European Union’s Member States, the EU institutions, and third countries – work together to better manage migration flows and strive for well-managed migration. It establishes a results-oriented approach to mobilise and focus all EU and Member States’ tools and resources for that purpose. Our shared objective is to give people the chance and the means for a safe and decent life, fight smuggling and prevent death at seas. And we can only do it together with our partners. The objective is saving lives and breaking the business model of smugglers, preventing illegal migration and enhance cooperation on returns and readmission of irregular migrants, as well as stepping up investments in partner countries.”

The Partnership comprises short term measures:

  • Save lives at sea and in the desert; fight traffickers and smugglers’ networks that benefit from people’s despair;
  • Increase returns of those who do not have the right to stay and enable migrants and refugees to stay closer to home rather than embark on dangerous journeys.
  • Open up legal ways to Europe for those in need, in particular with more resettlements for refugees.

and long term measures:

  • Address the root causes of irregular migration and force displacement by supporting partner countries in their political, social and economic development.
  • Improve opportunities in countries of origin fostering sustainable development, so people can build a future in their country.

The EU is putting into place and implementing this framework starting with a number of priority countries of origin and transit – Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Ethiopia.