European Union continuing to fund African nations that are fuelling migrant crisis

Brussels likely to give £150m grant to Eritrea, despite large numbers of its people joining exodus to Europe

Brussels is continuing to give large-scale aid grants to African nations with repressive governments, despite evidence that their woeful human rights records are fuelling Europe’s migrant crisis.

The Telegraph has learned that Brussels may give nearly £150m in aid funding to Eritrea, a country dubbed “The African North Korea” because of its practice of conscripting menfolk into near-indefinite military service.

In 2014, some one in five of all migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean in people-smuggling boats were Eritreans, according to the figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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