EU Ponders Tough Action Against Migrant-source Countries

The EU's commissioner for migration says Brussels may withhold development aid and impose trade and visa restrictions on migrant-source countries in Africa and Asia to force them to take back failed asylum-seekers.

In an interview with Britain's The Times published Saturday, Dimitris Avramopoulos said EU chiefs are considering stopping funding of major development projects. We invested in these regions to create opportunities and keep people there.

He said countries which failed to cooperate with repatriations could face blanket visa restrictions. Germany recently threatened to withhold visas from the ruling elites of migrant-source countries that do not accept returnees.

But Avramopoulos appeared to indicate a much broader visa embargo is now being contemplated, saying thousands of foreigners, from diplomats and doctors to students and researchers would be impacted by the travel restrictions now under discussion.

The EU is not afraid to make use of leverages in trade or visa policy. Let's be honest: it is neither good for Africa nor for Europe that so many people cross the Mediterranean, he said.

Source: Voice of America