African & Europe to discuss controlling flow of migrants

Europe will offer a R100 billion incentive to African leaders to stop the flow of migrants.

FILE: A young family from Eritrea is registered by the German Federal Police after departing a train from Verona at the southern German city of Rosenheim on 5 September 2015. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Leaders of 50 African and European countries will meet in Malta today to talk about controlling the biggest flow of migrants since the Second World War.

Their agenda includes protecting the migrants, many of whom die trying to reach Europe, sending home irregular migrants and stopping the people smuggling them.

Europe will offer a R100 billion incentive to African leaders to stop the flow of migrants.

The question is whether the money designed to address under-development and stopping armed conflict, which are believed to the greatest spur for people quitting their countries, will exceed the billions they send home in remittances from Europe.

Most of the 140,000 migrants from Africa this year have come from Eritrea followed by Nigeria and Sudan.