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  • West Sahel - Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal

    Reference

    DCI-MIGR 2010/224-349 - Thematic Programme for Migration and Asylum

    Countries/Regions

    Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal

    Promoter

    Jefatura Fiscal y Fronteras de la Guardia Civil (Spain)

    Budget

    2.440.000€ (1.952.200 € of EU support)

    Timeframe

    From 03/01/2011 to 03/03/2013

    Partners

    Mauritanian Gendarmerie, Senegal Gendarmerie, Mali Gendarmerie, National Police of Niger

    Objectives and results

    The aim of the project was  to enhance the response to irregular migration and human trafficking, to protect migrants’ rights and to facilitate their readmission.

    The action intended to strengthen the capacities to combat the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, including improving the detection of travel document fraud in both origin (Senegal, Mali) and transit (Mauritania, Niger) countries located along the West African migration route. The project also intended to promote inter-regional cooperation on border management and the facilitation of cooperation between the border and migration agencies of the participating countries in the context of criminal investigations and the readmission of irregular migrants.

    The project adopted a migrant-centred approach to improve the framework for the protection of migrants’ rights in transit countries, with a particular focus on asylum seekers, victims of trafficking, unaccompanied minors, apprehended irregular migrants and vulnerable migrants. As such, legislative reforms to punish traffickers were also supported.

    The esults of the project included increased capacities of third country authorities to evaluate, collate and process data on migratory flows, improved land border surveillance capacities, in terms of methodology and surveillance techniques, as well as better investigation capacities through the setting up of joint investigation teams.

    Training for police forces responsible for key border control points in main Airports and Ports of participating African countries contributed to  increase awareness of migrants' human rights .

    Awareness campaigns were  seeking to sensitize the local population for the risks of irregular migration.

    Further information

    EU delegation to Mauritania - delegation-mauritania@eeas.europa.eu

    Tags

    Training