EU presents new aid plan to curb influx of African migrants
Dimitris Avramopoulos says project funding could reach $70b.
According to EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, project funding could reach seventy billion dollars.
The European Commission will boost partnerships with nine countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Jordan, Libya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
More than a million refugees and economic migrants entered the EU via the Mediterranean last year, many of them fleeing chaos and civil war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Hundreds also drowned in tragedies at sea, when overcrowded, flimsy boats sank.