On the #migration_compact : a few notes
In the long term the focus on Africa is important for Europe. But I am not talking in terms of curbing migration, rather as an opportunity for Europe. By creating safer environments and more stable (and democratic) institutions in Africa, unauthorised migration flows will decrease as people are likely to stay closer to home especially if they can make a decent living and can move relatively freely back and forth. Libya used to be the economic powerhouse of north Africa and an immigration hub. It will also contribute to a more orderly mobility towards Europe – let’s not forget that Europe needs migrants to rejuvenate the workforce and sustain its welfare systems. And it is not only highly skilled workers that are needed.