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EU Commissioner Avramopoulos Says Migrant Crisis Is Better This Year

The migrant situation  is better than last year, EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said at a press conference of the Justice and Home Affairs Council.
However, the situation is still very fragile in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria as well as in other Member States that have to deal with a high number of asylum applications, irregular migrants to return and refugees to integrate, he said.
Avramopoulos welcomes the success of all Member States to deliver on their commitments.
In the last few months, many Member States have increased their efforts on relocation and resettlement, demonstrating what is possible if the political will is there, he noted.
“I encouraged the Ministers to continue delivering like this, and the Commission will continue supporting Member States with all available means to further accelerate the implementation of the relocation and resettlement schemes, as well as the full implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement,” he stated.
The EU Commissioner stressed that migration challenges cannot only be addressed inside Europe, but must be worked on with external partners.
“Today we had a fruitful discussion on the Migration Partnership Framework which is a key element to reduce irregular migration flows and improve returns of irregular migrants. Today, we have not only discussed about the measures to address the immediate needs, but also how to build a more resilient European migration and asylum policy to face future challenges.”
Avramopoulos acknowledged that progress has been reached on the reform of Eurodac and to create a new European Asylum Agency, adding “I hope we can reach an agreement by the end of the year.”
Source: ANA-MPA

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