EU migration policy must have public support

06-Sep-2017 @ 16:30

Syed Kamall Syed Kamall

Syed Kamall Syed Kamall

Syed Kamall Syed Kamall

EU migration policy must have public support

The EU will not solve the migration and asylum crisis by forcing reluctant countries to adopt rules they opposed from the beginning, according to Conservative MEP Syed Kamall 

Mr Kamall, co-chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, was speaking following publication of the European Commission’s progress reports on migration and a judgement from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the relocation of asylum seekers.

The reports evaluate the EU's Relocation and Resettlement scheme, the European Border and Coast Guard and the EU-Turkey Statement and Partnership Framework on Migration.

They follow today’s decision by the ECJ to overrule Hungary and Slovakia's objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme, under which fewer than 28,000 asylum seekers have been relocated, significantly below the 160,000 originally envisaged. Britain is not part of the scheme.

Mr. Kamall said: “Today's reports prove that relocation isn't working, the numbers speak for themselves.

"The EU would be more successful if voters in individual EU countries had actually backed the policies in the first place. Instead they were forced through without consensus amongst all members states.

“We now need to focus on specific and co-ordinated actions. More support has to be offered to member states to strengthen reception and processing capacities. Decision-making must be speeded up, along with the return of failed asylum applicants.

“The EU should also focus more on tackling irregular migration at its source and combating the traffickers who exploit refugees and economic migrants.”

 

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