Avramopoulos, Mouzalas call for common European policy for migration

22 June 2017
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European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Wednesday migration needs a global approach to be successful and that the EU’s ability to respond to it will define the future of Europe, speaking at a High level conference on Migration management, held at the European Parliament in Brussels.

“If anything has become clear in the past two years, it is that we need not just a European but also a global approach on migration. The question is not how migration can be ‘stopped’ but how it can be better managed in a coordinated manner. Our ability to respond to it as a Union will define the future of Europe altogether. The refugee crisis taught us that purely national measures are not enough,” he said.

Avramopoulos argued that Dublin, as it exists, has proven that it cannot stand the test of time and evolution. “We need a new, more equitable Dublin, where the redistribution of responsibility is inherent to the system. And the need for a better Dublin goes beyond Dublin: if we want to continue benefiting from a Europe without internal
borders, we need a predictable and efficient Dublin system.”

Despite several attempts in the past, there are still significant differences between the national asylum systems, he continued.

“It is precisely these divergences that contribute to secondary movements and asylum shopping, ultimately leading to an uneven distribution of responsibility among member states. This is why we need a harmonised, robust and fair asylum system. A system based on solidarity and fair sharing of responsibilities, where no country is left to handle such challenges on its own,” he said.

Avramopoulos claimed that the aim is also to discourage uncontrolled irregular movements, and to provide orderly and safe pathways to the EU.

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