Steps in the process of externalisation of border controls to Africa, from the Valletta Summit to today

ARCI analysis document - June 2016

In the framework of the discussions in the European Council about the “cooperation with third countries of origin and transit”, ARCI published an analysis document on European and Italian externalisation policies to Africa, in the framework of the adoption of the Migration Compact, that planned to replicate the EU-Turkey agreement to countries of origin and transit.The document focuses on the negative impacts of this externalisation process in three countries: Niger, Sudan and Gambia.

It aims at informing civil society and governments on abuses of both multilateral and bilateral agreements with the countries of origin and transit, which lead to systematic violations of fundamental rights and international Conventions.

On 27th June, ARCI introduced this analysis during a press conference that took place at the Italian Parliament, which was attended by representatives of Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International Italy, Caritas Italy, Concord Italy, as well as the Vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Parliament.

Again, this report certified that the European migration policy consists in subcontracting the border management to neighbouring countries in order to prevent migrants and refugees from reaching the European territory.

The report is available on ARCI website and in the attached document.