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Thursday 17th of August 2017

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High level conference on migration management held at the European Parliament

Thursday 10th of August 2017
IJJO Day by Day

Members of the IJJO attended the high level conference on migration management at the European Parliament on the 21st of June (watch the video of the conference opening and introduction here). The conference addressed the responsibility among member states to ensure a stable and secure environment, both in and at the external borders of the EU. It also highlighted the importance of tackling the root causes of migration through cooperation with third countries. 


Some of the notable speakers included Antonio Tajani, President of the European parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Frederica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.

Mr. Tanjani started the conference by discussing the importance of making Africa one of Europe’s main priorities over the next few years, by increasing investments there and helping to boost economic growth. He stated that “this is not about a new form of colonization, we are all equals, we are all brothers and sisters, we need to understand each other better. I believe that we can come up with a new consensus.”

Mr. Juncker spoke next, and expressed his gratitude towards Italy and Greece. “Almost 21,000 people from Syria have been relocated to (Italy and Greece) alone, and these are great examples of what European Solidarity means.” He explained how he believes the current migration system in Europe is broken, because procedures are too complicated, and applications are not all treated the same. The basis for the Commission’s new proposal is to change asylum procedures to simplify them, and combat potential abuse.

During the round table ‘Managing Asylum and Migration’, many speakers stressed the importance of creating safe and legal measures for migration in Europe, especially concerning unaccompanied minors. Speakers agreed that children in Migration should not be treated as migrants, but as children, and that Europe should follow the Rights of the Child.

According to Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, “Europe promised to take in over 20,000 refugees, but so far we have only taken in less than a 1000.” Of these 20,000 people, many were children and unaccompanied minors. The main consensus from the speakers was the fact that detention is one of the major failures of the European Migration system, and it is vital that alternatives be found.  


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