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Migration in the Horn of Africa: European Union Policy

Chatham House, London


Hans-Christian Stausboll, Head of Unit for Eastern Africa/Horn of Africa, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG-DevCo), European Commission
Dr Lucy Hovil, Senior Research Associate, International Refugee Rights Initiative; Managing Editor, International Journal of Transitional Justice
Dr. Lutz Oette, Senior Lecturer, School of Law and Director of the Centre for Human Rights Law, SOAS, University of London
Chair: Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Instability, uncertainty and governance challenges in the Horn of Africa are among the drivers of large-scale mixed migration within and from the region. Some migrants make their way north into Europe, through Libya or Egypt, and across the Mediterranean. European states and the European Union (EU) have established a number of initiatives with the intention of reducing the numbers of people crossing the Mediterranean. The EU-Horn of Africa Migration Initiative, known as the Khartoum Process, provides funding and capacity-building for governments in the region to tackle smuggling and trafficking, particularly through a project known as Better Migration Management. However, the strengthening of partnerships with regimes in the region has generated some opposition and concern with regards to the potential further exploitation and abuse of migrants. 
The speakers will discuss the EU’s migration policy in the Horn of Africa and durable solutions to regional migration challenges.