2003 December 21 Sunday
European Governments Press North Africans To Limit Illegal Immigration

European countries bordering on the Mediterranean want North African countries to take steps to slow the flow of illegal immigrants into Europe.

The leaders of 10 west Mediterranean countries, including France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, are holding an informal and unprecedented summit in Tunisia to discuss immigration, the U.S.-led war on terror and closer economic ties.


"Fortress Europe wants North Africa to keep its citizens at home as well as preventing the region from becoming a transit point," a French diplomat said.

It is hard to imagine the current crop of politicians in Washington DC pressing Mexico and other Latin American countries to take steps to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants to the US.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 December 21 04:16 PM  Immigration Border Control

M. said at December 22, 2003 5:05 AM:

But Mexico has already taken strong steps to halt illegal immigration........into mexico from Central America.They deplyed their military on their southern border to stop it.

Illegal immigration from Mexico into the US is,however,Mexican gov't policy.

godlesscapitalist said at December 22, 2003 8:59 PM:

M - do you have a link? Not doubting, curious.

Randall Parker said at December 23, 2003 9:18 AM:

GC, Allan Wall has written articles that have described Mexico's policies about its Guatemalan border and illegals entering Mexico. Start with this google search.

Keep in mind, though, that Mexico is still a transit point for Middle Easterners entering the United States illegally. Mexican smugglers charge them much higher fees for passing into the United States from Mexico. But some can afford to pay.

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