Europe plans 10 million jobs for Africans to stop illegal migration — Quartz Africa

Free trade and less aid: that’s the latest call from Europe’s top leader on how to engage with Africa.

In a key address delivered today (Sept. 12), European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Africa was “the future” and called for strengthening partnerships with the continent. Juncker specifically proposed a new program that would create up to 10 million jobs in the next five years and could potentially unlock €44 billion ($51 billion) in public and private investments.

The plan comes as Europe tries to bolster economic growth in Africa in order to limit irregular migration from the continent. The proposal also comes just weeks after both German and British leaders toured Africa in order to promote investment opportunities that could create viable livelihoods and…

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