By Our Staff Writer     

ADDIS ABEBA – Dozens of European Union and African heads of state including President Sahlework Zewde and business leaders are in the Austrian capital, Vienna, for a meeting to boost economic ties between the EU and Africa.

Speaking at a news conference, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki urged everyone present to look beyond the issue of immigration.

“I do not think we should be fixated on it [immigration from Africa],” he said.

“It’s a phenomenon that exits. It’s important to know how to manage it in a rational way,” he continued. “I repeat myself and say to you that African youths do not want to leave the African continent to come to Europe or anywhere else.”

He said that migrants should be treated in a “humane way”.

“There are very specific reasons why people, after war, after conflict, after natural disasters have arrived [in Europe] – and they must be treated in a humane way,” he said. “They must be treated in a humane way, but in actual fact this process has to be tackled at an earlier stage.”

“We have to create jobs, we have to create opportunities, we have to create stability and peace in Africa to avoid this problem happening in the first place.” (Daily Monitor)