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Belgium: ‘We need short and long-term solutions’ – EU home affairs council vows unity in tackling migration

EU home affairs ministers vowed unity in tackling migration in Brussels on Friday as they discussed the current situation along all migratory routes.

Speaking at a press conference following the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council, Czech Minister of Interior Vit Rakusan stated “We need to adopt both short-term and long-term solutions. Short-term solutions are, for example, intensification of cooperation with third countries, prevention of arrival border, protection fight against smugglers’ returns and sure also targeted financial support. Long-term solutions it’s also the reform of the common migration and asylum policy which the Czech presidency also strives for.”

Vice President of the EU Commission, Margaritis Schinas, added “We should not forget that we are living in a situation where we have again in this post-pandemic horizon increase in all major routes, probably with the exception of the Western Atlantic route. For the rest in the Western Balkans in the central Med (Mediterranean), in the turkey eastern route, we do have pressure. And let us not forget the potential for increasing arrivals from Ukraine as a result of the shameless bombing of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is there.”

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