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EU migration policy – new realities, new opportunities

1 October 2014
Cecilia Malmström (European Commissioner for Home Affairs)


Cecilia Malmström calls for addressing migration with appropriate care, a key element of this being the respect for the rights of workers. While flexible labour migration policies which allow European economies to address real shortages are essential, they should not be used to instigate unfair wage competition. A sustainable EU migration policy should also enable integration and labour market participation of all migrants. She argues that the EU needs to face the fact that people will not stop seeking refuge in Europe and should be adequately prepared. Measures include search and rescue at sea, enhanced cooperation with third countries, fight against migrant smuggling networks and emergency support for the countries facing greater pressures. The EU should also consider the possible use of humanitarian visas and continue to engage with countries of origin and transit.

EU migration policy – new realities, new opportunities