-EU Commission: ‘Europe Will Never Be a Fortress’

EU Commission: ‘Europe Will Never Be a Fortress’

The Europe Union's migration commissioner said Wednesday that the bloc has made progress on handling migration issues, but more remains to be done and efforts need to be strengthened, particularly in filling gaps in the EU border agency.

"We need to work toward structural and long-term solutions because we don't know what the future" holds, Dimitris Avramopoulos said during a news conference in Brussels.

He noted EU member states must take stronger action on carrying out the returns of those denied asylum in Europe, and called on member states to "urgently fill the ... gaps for the European border and coast guard agency," which would provide support if needed on the Greece-Turkey border.

Avramopoulos noted a significant increase in the number of illegal crossings on the border, while stressing the figures were still far below those of the height of the migration flow into Europe and saying the situation was "under control."

The EU says 6,108 people have crossed the Greece-Turkey land border illegally so far this year, a nine-fold increase from the same period last year. A further 9,349 arrived by sea on Greek islands from the Turkish coast. Camps on Greek islands are severely overcrowded, with many holding three times as many people as they were constructed for.

Avramopoulos said the European Commission wouldn't support the building of a fence or wall on the Greek-Turkish border.

"We are against building walls," he said. "Europe will never become a fortress Europe."

The commissioner stressed unity was needed among EU members, where a handful of nations have objected to the idea of taking in refugees.

"Solidarity has to be maintained and be upheld my all member states," Avramopoulos said. "I believe that in the end, reason will prevail. ... No country can handle this issue alone."

Separately, Europe's statistics agency said Wednesday that 31,400 of those who applied for asylum in an EU country last year were unaccompanied minors, a drop by nearly half compared to the 63,200 unaccompanied children and teenagers who applied for asylum in 2016. About two-thirds — 24,200 — were aged 16 and 17, while 2,000 were less than 14 years old. |


By: gemini (9143.90)

Tags: News

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Your account has no permission to add replies to this thread!
Liveleak opposes racial slurs - if you do spot comments that fall into this category, please report.

Liveleak on Facebook


radiometric dating definition in biology anime dating simulation games no download single kochkurs moers real dating sites in bangladesh dating hamlet dating site in qatar plus belle la vie rencontre avec les acteurs dating titus watches bamberg single party que significa do you wanna hook up free dating service phone numbers singlebörse konstanz dating site for under 30 cyrano dating agency ost lyrics dating sites free without credit card single clubs in thurrock casual dating dortmund flirten maar niet verliefd funny male dating headlines single frauen glauchau best dating sites for over 40 in canada free cougar dating apps uk relative dating dinosaurs kostenlos dates speed dating better than online dating singel i namsos hook up apps free download best online dating site for single mothers amx 13 90 matchmaking how to begin dating again after a breakup dating instagram models uk dating shows 2016 annonces rencontres maroc gratuit buzzfeed dating nyu