In the last year, the EU and its member states have made it its number one priority to secure the Union’s external borders and moved towards more restrictive migration policies. As a result, the EU and its member states have put in place measures that have made it more difficult than ever for refugees to seek asylum within the union.
This policy shift has also affected the EU’s development policy, which lately has been heavily influenced by migration and security agendas. When the development policy of the EU takes a turn towards migration and security priorities, the focus shifts away from the rights and priorities of children, women and men living in poverty, and instead focuses on what added value development funds can have to protect the Union’s own interests (and limit migration to Europe, thus hindering people from exercising their right to asylum). Concrete changes to EU aid have been made in geographic and thematic priorities, the level of conditionality, and the types of mechanisms used for development cooperation.
ECDPM’s Volker Hauck made a presentation on the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. Find the recording of the panel discussion below ( Volker Hauck presents at 45:30 and speaks at 1:46:00):
Find here the programme of the event.