Migration is a complex challenge that needs strong economies in African countries – Minister Bartolo

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Irregular migration is a complex challenge that needs to be addressed with a comprehensive plan that focuses first and foremost on creating resilient economies in African countries, stated Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo during a meeting with the Director of the International Organisation for Migration and the Coordinator for the Mediterranean Laurence Hart.

Minister Bartolo stressed that developed countries should not preach but listen to and work hand in hand with African countries and support their efforts to offer a decent future for their citizens.

During the meeting with Laurence Hart, Minister Evarist Bartolo also mentioned how this would not only mitigate the challenge of irregular migration but would benefit the same countries that need their citizens to contribute to economic growth, and thus improve their standard of living.

The Director of the International Organisation for Migration and the Coordinator for the Mediterranean agreed on the potential for greater cooperation both at European level and within international fora.