The initiative took place a few days after the shipwreck killed 130 people in Libya.
The timetable and the situation are not ideal: A few days after the shipwreck accident was proposed on Tuesday, April 27, a plan for involuntary immigrants to return “voluntarily”, the ship killed 130 people last weekend. Leaving Libya seemed a big mistake at best.Especially if Ylva Johansson, the European Commissioner for Immigration Affairs, showed this new plot with his unfeigned sincerity and emotion, it would be “European Tragedy”. Especially if it is a Frontex agency, its role and methods are still at the core of the dispute, and it must be the main enforcer of the return of rejected asylum seekers in their country of origin.
Margaritis Schinas, the vice chairman of the committee responsible for promoting the European lifestyle, seems to be criticized. However, he himself talked about the new “Asylum and Immigration Agreement” that was proposed seven months ago, which is a bit confusing. “All its elements are connected”, He emphasized. or Discussions about the possible application of the agreement by countries are stagnating, and the first element highlighted since the fall of 2020 is this new strategy, which aims to use financial assistance as the key to accelerate and expand the so-called “voluntary” benefits. . According to calculations by the European Parliament, this aid should obviously be cheaper than estimated by the repatriation operation, at about 3,300 euros per person.
For the committee, the constraints are very clear: if it intends to approve other aspects of its agreement-real solidarity among countries, better distribution of asylum seekers, and more effective maritime rescue policies-the number of irregular migrants must be reduced. History has convinced the proposal, and governments are most opposed to the definition of a true European immigration policy. And allow others to calm down their opinions or objections.
In 2019, 500,000 irregular immigrants were detected and 142,000 effectively left the territory of the Union. Only one-third of the latter “voluntarily” returned to the country they wanted to escape from.
In order to increase this ratio MI Johansson and M. Schinas envisioned a different approach. The returned “sponsorship” system will enable member states hostile to accepting asylum seekers to participate in general efforts in another way. “Strengthen cooperation” with countries of origin and transit: If they accept the return of their nationals, they will receive greater help and will benefit from a more generous visa policy. The committee also promised to restore the old project: legal immigration channels, the “blue card” system based on the “green card” of the United States, to promote the “partnership” of immigrants to Europe.
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