Money against Migration

The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
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The EU-Africa migration summit in Valletta in November 2015 gave birth to a new European funding instrument: the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). Halfway through the implementation period, this study aims to take a detailed look at the allocation mechanism and distribution of funds under the EUTF, to examine which objectives, countries and actors have actually been supported and which ones are no longer a focus of the attention of development and migration policy. It comes to the conclusion that the implementation of migration policy projects supported by EUTF funding primarily benefits the (wealthier) member states of the EU.


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March 2019
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1. Introduction
2. Migration policy context
2.1 Continuities and new priorities on the European Agenda on Migration
2.2 Joint solutions? – The Valletta migration summit

3. A new European funding instrument: the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
3.1 Taking stock of the implementation of the EUTF: initial evaluations and development policy criticism

4. Where does the funding under the EUEmergency Trust Fund for Africa end up?
4.1 An overview of objectives, actors and regions
4.2 North Africa: International organisations offer protection and assistance to people in flight
4.3 Sahel and Lake Chad: European states take «Addressing the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement» in hand
4.4 Horn of Africa: A lot of money for state actorsin Somalia and Ethiopia

5. Conclusion and outlook

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