European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium | Photo: Virginia Mayo / EPA
European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium | Photo: Virginia Mayo / EPA

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, speaking at Med Dialogues 2020 in Rome, highlighted that the new EU Pact on Migration "represents a new beginning" in which "the central element is to strengthen cooperation with our neighbors and with our partners."

The new EU Pact on Migration "represents a new beginning, and the central element is strengthening cooperation with our neighbors and our partners," said EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson, speaking at Med Dialogues 2020 in Rome.

"Naturally, these partnerships must be aimed at the fight against trafficking, to find alternative solutions in the fight against illegal immigration and above all, make it so that migratory flows are legal flows, to work on repatriations, and also protect vulnerable migrants from all communities," she added.

'Increase relocations'

"Together with our partners, I would like above all to be able to work on the creation of new jobs and improve opportunities for all, but particularly for young people," she said."Secondly, we want to increase the possibilities for legal migration. This naturally should bring a reduction in illegal immigration," she continued.

"Relocation is very important to be able to ensure safe paths for those who need international protection. We offered tens of thousands of refugees new accommodation and I am very proud of this, but we definitely have to also increase this aspect," Johansson explained.

'Important to have faster repatriation procedures'

In another part of her speech at the meeting, Johansson highlighted the need to "collaborate with our partners for repatriations."

That is because, explained Johansson: "Currently more than two-thirds of irregular arrivals aren't refugees, therefore their asylum requests are rejected and it is better to quickly repatriate these people to their countries of origin and help them to reintegrate themselves. Here the importance of having very quick, very lean procedures also comes into play," the EU Commissioner concluded.

 

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