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Jean-Claude Juncker: North Africa migrant ‘camps’ not on EU agenda

European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Friday a suggestion that the EU might try to set up migrant camps in North Africa was no longer on the agenda.

EU member states are in disagreement over how the bloc should deal with tens of thousands of migrants arriving annually in Europe, the bulk of them by sea from Turkey and North Africa.

In June, a summit of all EU leaders asked the Commission to study ways to set up “regional disembarkation platforms’’ in North African countries, including Tunisia, for migrants rescued by
European vessels in the Mediterranean.

However, there has been little appetite in Africa and EU officials have long questioned the legality and practicality of such camps — a view underlined in Juncker’s blunt reply.

“This is no longer on the agenda and never should have been,” Juncker told a news conference in Tunis with Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed.

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