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The EU and Sudan: Prospects for Effective Engagement

Chatham House, London

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Nico Plooijer, Program Manager, Horn of Africa, PAX
Ahmed Kodouda, Regional Coordinator, Saferworld
Dr Albaqir A. Mukhtar, Director, KACE
Chair: Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The EU’s recent high-level engagement with Sudan over tackling illegal migration is an important policy shift. Under the Khartoum Process, the country will be a key participant in the EU’s new Migration Partnership Framework, which aims to increase collaboration between the EU and countries in the Horn of Africa. Sudan is due to benefit from EU funding for a range of activities aimed at reducing the flow of illegal migrants to Europe, including strengthening border security, tackling human trafficking and smuggling, improving refugees living conditions and addressing the root causes of irregular migration. Migration is also seen as an entry point for political dialogue with the government of Sudan. But this partnership, centred on the EU’s efforts to curb migration, has also attracted criticism given Sudan’s internal conflicts and human rights record.

This event marks the launch of the PAX report Sudan Alert: The EU’s Policy Options for Sudan. The speakers will assess recent developments in EU policy towards Sudan.