Mogherini hails Migration Compact
More achieved in four months than years with Italy-inspired move
18 Ottobre 2016
Brussels, October 18 - The EU has achieved more in the last four months than in the last few years with its Italy-inspired Migration Compact being offered to African countries of migrant origin and transit, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said Tuesday. "The first results are staring to come in the field," she said, commenting on the first report on deals made so far with Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Senegal. At the Niger city of Agadez, she noted, a gathering point for migrants heading for Libya, fewer migrants are leaving and more returning voluntarily to their home countries because of a series of moves including the dismantling of smuggling networks and assistance to people blocked there. "Repatriations and identifications are extremely important and part of the Compact but it would be a mistake if the focus was only on repatriations and readmissions," Mogherini went on to say. She stressed that each accord was "tailor-made" according to the context and situation of each individual country.