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More than 32,000 stranded and vulnerable migrants were supported to voluntarily return to their countries of origin and over 44,000 migrants have received assistance upon arrival since the start of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative. The Joint Initiative was vital for Pierre-Roland, Helène and Jean-Marc, and many others, to be reintegrated into their country.

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Depuis le lancement de l’initiative conjointe UE-OIM, plus de 32 000 migrants bloqués et vulnérables ont bénéficié d’une aide au retour dans leur pays d’origine et plus de 44 000 ont reçu une assistance à leur arrivée. Cette initiative conjointe a contribué de manière cruciale à la réintégration dans leur pays de nombreuses personnes, dont Pierre-Roland, Hélène et Jean-Marc.

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Today marks the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Behind each victim lie frightful suffering and experiences that must be appropriately addressed and prevented. Globally an estimated number of 2.45 million people, of which 1.2 million children, are trafficked every year. The EU takes the fight against trafficking in human beings very seriously.

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Nous célébrons aujourd’hui la Journée mondiale de lutte contre la traite des êtres humains. Derrière chaque victime, il y a des souffrances et des expériences terribles qui doivent être traitées de manière appropriée et qu'il faut tenter d’empêcher. On estime que 2,45 millions de personnes, dont 1,2 million d’enfants, sont victimes de la traite des êtres humains chaque année dans le monde. L’UE prend la lutte contre la traite des êtres humains très au sérieux.

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Le projet Work 4 Integration Maroc a pour but d’aider les migrants dans leur processus d’intégration économique sur le sol Marocain dans une optique d’auto- génération de revenus ou d’auto-entreprenariat: l’enveloppe globale du projet s’élève à 720 847.87 Euros, dont presque 100.000 euros en fonds de start-up et plus de la moitié du budget consacrée directement à des activités d’accompagnement, networking et formation des micro entrepreneurs.

Representatives of the European Union and the International Organization for Migration (IOM, the UN migration agency) met in Brussels today to discuss the way forward on some of the most pressing issues linked to migration, including managing migration flows, better protection of vulnerable migrants, the UN Global Compact on Migration, cooperation on forced displacement and development, and on return and reintegration of migrants.

While important progress has been achieved and the number of deaths at sea has significantly decreased, a large number of crossings still happen along the Central Mediterranean route and many migrants are faced with dire conditions along their journeys. The EU has already made an enormous effort, and cooperation with partners is essential to effectively take work forward. To this end, the EU together with the African Union and the United Nations set up a Taskforce in November 2017 to help people along the route, in particular Libya.

The Emergency Trust Fund for Africa complements the long-standing and comprehensive partnership that European Union and Africa enjoy together. Established at the Valletta Summit on Migration in November 2015, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was created to address the root causes of instability, forced displacement and irregular migration and to contribute to better migration management.

Over the past 20 years, the European Union has put in place some of the highest common asylum standards in the world. And in the past two years, European migration policy has advanced in leaps and bounds with the European Agenda on Migration proposed by the Juncker Commission in May 2015. Europe is a continent of solidarity and will continue keeping legal pathways open for people in need of international protection.

Migration is a global issue that can only be addressed effectively by the international community as a whole. Managing the situation together with our partners remains at the top of the European agenda. To this end, the European Union continues to work relentlessly in close cooperation with Member States and international partners to save lives, provide protection, offer safe and legal pathways for migration and tackle the root causes that force people to leave their homes in first place, as well as fight the criminal networks that often take advantage of people's despair.

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