The EU is considering the establishment of a special foundation to render financial assistance to Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, among other countries. This cash would be offered in exchange for promises to take back the unwelcome guests. This is a sore spot for many African governments, whose economies benefit from large-scale remittances from foreign workers.
In addition to the subsidies, the EU also reportedly plans to simplify visa requirements for students, doctors and entrepreneurs from African countries, as well as help them with education and employment in Europe.
Nigel Faraj, leader of the UK Independence Party, has meanwhile warned against clinching such an agreement, which he said will be tantamount to madness.
"The EU offers to stop illegal migration from Africa by means of its legalization. This is madness," he said.
Earlier this year, a large number of refugees repeatedly tried to move to the UK via the tunnel, costing the lives of some migrants and leading to train traffic disruptions.