The European market will need as many as 40 million migrants from countries like Egypt by 2050, according to estimates by the head of the International Organization for Migration, William L. Swing.
The statement came on Saturday, during a meeting with Egypt’s Minister of Manpower and Migration, Nahed al-Ashry, on the sidelines of the 104th Session of the International Labour Conference.
The IOM’s Director General said the organization would maintain its assistance for Egypt to help curb illegal migration, as well as to provide incentives, job opportunities and training for migrants inside Egypt.
Illegal migration across the Mediterranean has claimed more than 1,600 lives since the beginning of 2015, according to recent estimates.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm