France Hosts Euro-African Summit on Migration

French President Emmanuel Macron.

Paris, MINA – The leaders of seven European and African countries on Monday attended a summit in Paris aimed at discussing measures to better regulate migration from the African continent to Europe.

The talks, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, were attended by the leading representatives of Germany, Italy, Spain and the European Union alongside Chad, Niger and Libya.

At the conclusion of the talks, the French president called for assessing the status of individuals seeking asylum in Europe at certain areas in the transit countries of Chad and Niger, dubbed ‘hotspots.’ This would be conducted under the supervision of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), KUNA reported, citing Macron.

The move is aimed at ensuring the safety and wellbeing of asylum seekers and encouraging them to seek the initiative rather than take the dangerous risk of travelling illegally across the Mediterranean.

“There will be coordination matters related to security and justice, and it may be necessary to have a military presence on the ground to avoid chaos,” he added. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)