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Campaign to combat migration opens in Yaoundé

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A three-day campaign to combat irregular migration among young people has opened today in Yaounde.

The campaign organised by the ministry of youth affairs and civic education, in partnership with with the African network for Germany, is aimed at setting up a mechanism against irregular migration, build committed communities which belong to migrants and raise a network of community mediators.

The campaign is coming at a time when many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa,  are still fleeing violence in their home country or desperate for a better life in Europe. Eventhough statistics show a drop in the trend, the UN has warned against making early predictions.

“It’s still too early to talk of a real trend,” cautions Barbara Molinario, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

One mooted reason for the fall is tougher action by the Libyan coastguard. The force which has been strengthened by help from the European Union (EU), which trained about 100 personnel over the winter, while Italy has provided patrol vessels, recently supported by Italian warships in Libyan waters.

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