Our mission

The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF for Africa) aims to foster stability and to contribute to better migration management, including by addressing the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration.

We implement activities across three regions of Africa – the Sahel and Lake Chad, the Horn of Africa and North Africa.

We work with twenty six partner countries, which are facing growing challenges in terms of demographic pressure, extreme poverty, weak social and economic infrastructure, internal tensions and institutional weaknesses, insufficient resilience to food crises and environmental stress.

The consequences of such complex challenges are hugely varied and interconnected. Among others, they include open conflict, forced displacement, irregular migration, criminal activities and lawlessness, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, radicalisation and violent extremism.

As detailed in our factsheet, we focus on:

  • Economic development programmes addressing skills gaps, and improving employability through vocational training, and supporting job creation and self -employment opportunities with a focus on strengthening micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Strengthening resilience for improved food and nutrition security, in particular for the most vulnerable, as well as refugees and IDPs
  • Improving migration governance and management, including addressing the drivers of irregular migration, effective return, readmission and reintegration, international protection and asylum, legal migration and mobility, and enhancing synergies between migration and development​
  • Supporting improvements in overall governance, in particular by promoting conflict prevention, addressing human rights abuses and enforcing the rule of law


Selected targets*

3.3 Bn
EUR pledged

199 479
Number of jobs created

5 470 K
Number of people receiving basic social services

151 032
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

135 016
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

News & Stories

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NEWS | 25 May 2018

Since November 2017, 1474 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers evacuated from Libya

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NEWS | 25 May 2018

Government, business and young people endorse five-year roadmap to create quality jobs and export opportunities for youth

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NEWS | 25 May 2018

The Adamawa State Sexual Assault Referral Centre opened its doors in Nigeria

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