African and EU leaders met in Mid November 2015, to find new solutions for an ongoing political conundrum: the increasing number refugees travelling to Europe to seek safety.
One outcome from the meeting was a $1.9bn treasure chest of money for African leaders to use to try to stop migrants leaving for Europe in the first place. Some referred to it as a “trust fund”.
The Somali prime minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, and Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger, have both argued that investment in the continent would be more effective.
If people feel they have to flee their homes and undertake dangerous journeys to get to Europe then perhaps something is wrong in their home countries. How is a pot of money that is made available to their governments supposed to help them?
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