ICMPD, Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project

North of Africa

31 projects

The North Africa region is characterised as an area of origin, transit and final destination for mixed migration flows from sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East, with some countries of these regions affected by on-going instability and conflict. It represents one of the largest destination regions for foreign labour and is a region of origin for migrants, albeit to a lesser extent. The instability still affecting some parts of the region, in particular Libya, continues to generate irregular movements to Europe, as well as an increase in the number of persons seeking international protection.

Despite the challenges, migration remains a powerful vehicle for development, essential for the long term growth perspectives of Europe and third countries. In this respect, remittances have significantly increased in the past twenty years while new destination countries become strong magnets for students seeking a high-quality education and diasporas' networks a vigorous channel for advocacy, investments, knowledge sharing and intercultural dialogue.

In this context, the global objective for the North of Africa of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF for Africa) is to contribute to safe, secure, legal and orderly migration from, to and within the region and support an effective management of migration flows that protects human rights. As migration is a complex phenomenon, a cross-border approach is put forward through the different regions covered by the EUTF for Africa to allow the development of joint actions along the migratory routes which concern these countries.

Check out the application/pdffactsheet to learn more about the EU support on migration in North Africa.


Selected results*

77 033
Number of people receiving basic social services

10 976
Number of migrants, or potential migrants, reached out by information campaign on migration and risks linked to irregular migration

81 797
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

News & Stories

| 02 July 2020

EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: New assistance package to support vulnerable groups and address COVID-19 in North Africa

Today, as part of the EU's global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU - through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) - has adopted a new assistance package to protect migrants, stabilise local communities and respond to COVID-19 in North Africa. This package includes €80 million in new...

| 30 June 2020

World Refugee Day in Libya: EUTF continues to provide essential protection and medical assistance to refugees

In a small compound of buildings on a quiet road in Misrata, there’s a flurry of excitement and activity as asylum seekers and refugees celebrate World Refugee Day by holding art workshops activities. It’s a welcome diversion for residents here, helping to take their minds off anxieties about their future...

IMC Libya
| 19 June 2020

The EUTF funds a new health project through International Medical Corps in Libya in light of the COVID-19 emergency

Within the framework of the EUTF for Africa, the EU provides €1 million to International Medical Corps (IMC) in Libya for a new program which aims to support the country’s health system by providing health services to vulnerable populations most affected by conflict and the challenging situation created by the...

| 15 April 2020

Arrival of lifesaving supplies in Libya amid COVID-19 pandemic

With the support of the EUTF Africa, an estimated 225,000 women and children will benefit from some 122 tonnes of lifesaving and essential medicines and supplies that have arrived in Libya with the help of our partner UNICEF; the supplies are essential to the implementation of an integrated Maternal Child...