Inside the EU’s deeply flawed $200 million migration deal with Sudan

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 30, 2018 0

The EU has allocated over $200 million to help Sudan stem migration since 2015 Asylum seekers allege Sudanese officials are complicit in abuse, extortion Traffickers said to hold people for weeks, beat and torture them for money Arrivals in Italy from Horn of Africa fell to a fraction in 2017, but new routes are opening up Crackdown has seen asylum seekers rountinely rounded up, taken to Khartoum to pay fines or be deported The EU insists strict conditions govern the use of its money and it is monitoring for abuses     As millions of dollars in EU funds flow into Sudan to stem African migration, asylum seekers say they are increasingly trapped, living in a perpetual state of fear and exploitation in this key transit country.   In interviews with over 25 Eritrean and Ethiopian asylum seekers in Khartoum and the eastern city of Kassala, as well as local journalists, and lawyers working on behalf of refugees, IRIN has documented allegations of endemic police abuse, including extortion, violence, and sexual assault.

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Inside the EU’s deeply flawed $200 million migration deal with Sudan

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