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 mentioned in the  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

257 055
Number of jobs created

4 729 K
Number of people receiving basic social services

166 722
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

138 741
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

News & Stories

NEWS | 17 July 2018

Somalia: study shows that most people do not move for a single reason, but for a variety of factors

While insecurity and climate constraints were considered the main drivers, the search for a ‘better life’ was also a contributing cause, according to the study "Return and (Re) Integration after Displacement Belonging, Labelling and Livelihoods in Three Somali Cities".

Developed by the EU-funded Research and Evidence Facility (REF), the study...

Journées de l'Entrepreneuriat Social (JES)
NEWS | 10 July 2018

Au Burkina Faso, l’entrepreneuriat social est soutenu pour permettre une croissance intelligente, durable et inclusive

L'entrepreneuriat social est au cœur de l'actualité internationale : en Europe, où les troisièmes journées européennes de l'entreprise sociale ont été organisées le 4 juin 2018, comme à Ouagadougou lors de Journées de l'Entrepreneuriat Social (JES) du 7 au 9 juin. Aujourd’hui, selon le Comité Economique et Social Européen, l’économie...
Projet d’intégration économique et sociale des jeunes : Emploi pour le patrimoine d’Agadez
NEWS | 10 July 2018

A Agadez, 1 500 jeunes travaillent à la sauvegarde du patrimoine matériel et immatériel et préparent leur insertion à long terme sur le marché du travail

L’action, intitulée « Projet d’intégration économique et sociale des jeunes : Emploi pour le patrimoine d’Agadez», - EPPA -  s’intègre dans la réponse à l'ampleur sans précédent de la crise migratoire en Europe et de la lutte contre les causes profondes de la migration irrégulière, notamment pour lutter contre le...

NEWS | 09 July 2018

Masfine, an Ethiopian returnee, shares his journey: "I do not want to anybody to suffer like I did"

Masfine embarked on a five month journey from Ethiopia to South Africa, in the hopes of being able to provide for his family. He travelled through Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique on foot, by boat and hidden inside goods in transport Lorries. But his expectations were cut short at the last...

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