AU head warns against migrant reception centres

2015-11-12 10:14
 Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File: AFP)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File: AFP)

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Ankara - The head of the African Union has warned against setting up migrant reception centres in Africa where people are held until they can be granted asylum or be sent home.

AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Wednesday that such facilities "whatever we call them, will become de-facto detention centres".

She said that women and children in particular would be in danger if held there.

Her remarks came during a summit of European Union and African leaders, where the EU is looking to halt the flow of people coming from Africa and send those already in Europe back more quickly.

Zuma also hit out at some European countries that "have taken a fortress approach" to migration.

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