EU and Egypt sign $8bn deal to curb migration

The European Union and Egypt have signed a €7.4bn ($8bn; £6.3bn) agreement aimed at boosting co-operation in trade and security, as well as trying to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.

The deal upgrades the EU’s relationship with Egypt to a strategic partnership.

Grants, loans and other funds are due to be delivered over the next three years to support Egypt’s faltering economy.

The country’s ongoing financial crisis has prompted an increasing number of Egyptians to try to cross to Europe, mainly via Libya, since the authorities have largely closed down the route from Egypt’s north coast.

Egypt’s economic crisis has pushed many Egyptians to cross to Europe

Egypt committed itself to curbing irregular migration to Europe.

“This shall encompass tackling the root causes through development-focused solutions and improving regular migration routes,” Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said.

The EU has in the past signed similar deals with other African countries that act as popular routes for irregular migration to Europe, including Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania.

Source: BBC

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