Niger bor­der force backed

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Ger­many and the Nether­lands have pledged to fund spe­cial forces in Niger to con­trol its bor­der and pre­vent il­le­gal mi­gra­tion, the EU's se­cu­rity mis­sion in the coun­try said on Thurs­day. Niger is a transit coun­try for thou­sands of mi­grants head­ing to Libya and Al­ge­ria, key hubs for mi­grants try­ing to reach Europe. Un­der the new plan, the two Euro­pean na­tions will dis­burse US$11.4m to fi­nance the new force, ac­cord­ing to EUCAP Sa­hel, which pro­vides sup­port for Niger se­cu­rity forces. The funds would be used for train­ing and equip­ping hun­dreds of Niger po­lice of­fi­cers.


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