Stronger, more pragmatic EU migration policy needed
30 Apr 2020
We are fair with those eligible for protection, we are firm with those who are not, and that we are harsh who prey on the most vulnerable.
GFX: How to reinforce Europe’s borders?
2:16 We indeed have this border and coast guard, it will consist of 10,000 people, but we need to move quicker. If anything has shown us from the situation on the Greek-Turkish border, it’s the need to move quicker in these situations. 2:28
It is the EPP that has led on this debate, and again this is what guarantees the integrity of the Schengen area when we have the reinforcement of external borders.
GFX: How to stop illegal migration?
Stopping illegal migration starts at the beginning, and this is in the countries of origin. We need to cooperate much more with these countries to further prevent economic migrants from risking their own lives, trying to cross a very dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean. 4:52
We want to cooperate with countries in Africa but also in other parts of the world, on the basis of a partnership, it needs to be something of a win-win situation. 6:16
The more there will be the possibilities of trade deals, investment, humanitian, development aid, more for more. 6:30.
GFX: How can controlled migration address the skills gap?
We would like to revise legislation that allows for people to come to work and fill specific gaps in our labour market. Member States have the power to do that, but we would like to have a more harmonious structure.
I am really proud about what the EPP Group has done on this paper. It is serious, it is visionary, it is pragmatic, and brings together all the partners to the table. 9:55
Laura BarriosEPP TV Assistant ProducerBelgiumlaura.firstname.lastname@example.org+322-2841845