Return Mania

When it comes to irregular migration and management of border control, Egypt may seem to be the good
student of the Mediterranean. In 2018, Egypt’s internal development minister recalled that “no illegal
immigration boat has departed from Egypt since 2016 […] because Egypt has adopted a comprehensive
strategy to address illegal migration”. The EU-Egypt cooperation on migration is not new, but has intensified
following the so-called ‘migration crisis’ of the summer 2015. It became a priority of the bilateral cooperation
when both parts renewed their relationship with new partnership priorities added in 20171. In addition to
development aid and institutional capacity building, Egypt benefits from EUR 89 million under the EU Trust
Fund for Africa to support “its efforts in enhancing migration management, addressing the root causes of
irregular migration and sustaining local communities hosting refugees”.

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Full Title: Return Mania. Mapping policies and practices in the EuroMed Region. Chapter 5 Egypt: a repressive environment, fertile ground for the EU’s return obsession

Publisher or Journal: Euro Med Rights

Year of Publication: 2021

Document Type: Report


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