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21 October 2018 The EU will give €140 million to Morocco to contain migration

European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker backed the Spanish-led proposal of an EU support plan for Morocco to manage migration flows, presented at the Summit of EU Heads of State and Government on 17-18October., According to the deal, the EU will give Morocco €140 million in the short-run in an attempt to strengthen cooperation with origin and transit migration countries to control migration flows. Half of that money (70 million) will be injected directly into the Moroccan budget, but the amount is expected to be mostly devoted to buy border control material. This comes after several months of Spanish protracted requests as migration influx has increased in the Western Mediterranean route, with 42.000 arrivals so far this year, significantly exceeding those who reach Europe through the Libyan route.