efe-epaKoulikoro, Mali

The prime ministers of Spain and Mali on Thursday reached a political agreement to implement a plan that enables the voluntary return of migrants from Mali who had arrived in Spain.

Spain's Pedro Sanchez and his Malian counterpart Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga reached the agreement during a meeting held at Bamako airport before the former visited Spain's troops deployed there.

The Malian prime minister agreed on the proposal, which consists of a plan that includes incentives for the Malians who choose to be repatriated with the help of both countries.

The migrants who choose to be repatriated could collect fixed cash aid of 400 euros ($455) from Spain as well as a ticket back to Mali.

They also could get business advice and assistance should they present a business plan.

A total of 55,000 Malian migrants live in Spain, according to sources inside the Spanish government.