Immigration: the impossible common European policy…
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The management of migratory flows is an eternal thorn in the side of the 27 members of the European Union, unable for years to agree on a real common policy in this area. The latest crisis, in recent weeks, has pitted Italy and France against each other over the reception of 234 migrants stuck for days on board the Ocean Viking. The new government, very to the right, of Giorgia Meloni refused them docking, and it was Toulon, for humanitarian reasons, which finally received them.

At the end of the week, the 27 interior ministers met in Brussels in search of an untraceable common migration policy, emphasizing cooperation with the countries of origin and transit of migrants, to increase returns of those who do not obtain asylum in the EU.

The “Central Mediterranean”, one of the most dangerous migratory routes, was used this year by some 90,000 migrants, 50% more than in 2021, and continues to be a huge cemetery for hopefuls of the European El Dorado. . According to the International Organization for Migration, 25,271 women, children and men have died there over the past eight years.

>> See also: Reporters – Migrants: deaths under X in the Mediterranean Sea

The main countries of arrival remain Spain, Italy and Greece, which feel alone at the front, because the system of distribution of asylum seekers on a voluntary basis does not work. The 27 have largely welcomed the wave of Ukrainian refugees, nearly 6 million of them fleeing the war, without this raising controversy.

Is Europe capable of having a common migration policy, and a right to asylum that respects the rules of international law?

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