Some Cameroonian NGOs accuse the country of not paying back the fund provided to them in the framework of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to migrants. This is false.
Authorized sources explain that far from being specially elaborated for Cameroon only, this €100 million initiative (about CFA65.5 billion) is implemented in fourteen African countries, including Cameroon for which €3.3 million (about CFA2.16 billion) is allocated.
"As far as the terms of the funds are concerned, the EU provides the operational arm, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the present case, all the funds required for implementation of the various activities. As such, there is no amount which transits via the institutional authorities of any country in which the project is implemented. This information can be found and verified on the EU website which compiles the country reports on the subject", explains a source at the ministry of foreign affairs.
Initially planned for the repatriation of 850 Cameroonians in an irregular situation (700 in Africa and 150 in Europe), Cameroon has already repatriated about 2,200 people and reintegrated more than 500 compatriots. All these figures were verified at the IOM’s office in Yaoundé. The reintegration program is to end in 2019.