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*

4.1 Bn
EUR pledged

238 108
Number of jobs created

3 616 K
Number of people receiving basic social services

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

163 249
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

News & Stories

EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: new web portal goes live
NEWS | 18 September 2018

EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: new web portal goes live

“For now, I am happy here doing the work I’m doing. I feel at home. What they did for me, I want to do for others.” 

Hadiza is a former victim of human trafficking. She is one of the many Nigerian women and girls who embark on the perilous...

NEWS | 17 September 2018

Uganda: Lenia breaks stereotypes in bricklaying training, inspiring both women and men

“When I graduate, the first thing I am going to do is build a house for my parents” says 22 year old Lenia. Working among a group of boys, all dressed in overalls and helmets, she does, at first, not stand out. She is fitting mortar, a mixture of sand...

NEWS | 17 September 2018

IOM training for trainers in the Horn of Africa: teaching health professionals to better identify and aid victims of human trafficking

A young woman enters a local health clinic; her hands filled with blisters. She is accompanied by what, at first sight, seems to be a caring family member who will not leave her out of sight. While this could be an everyday situation, there is more to it than meets...

Revitalising The Gambia’s tourism industry with a new outlook
NEWS | 14 September 2018

Revitalising The Gambia’s tourism industry with a new outlook

RFI recently dedicated a series of articles on the work carried by the EUTF and ITC in the Gambia with the YEP programme. Here is an extract of the second reportage. 

Classes are underway at the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute - eager students gather at ironing boards...

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