Every year millions of people leave their home countries, driven out by political persecution or in search of a better future for themselves and their families. A shocking 17% of all migrants, who decide to cross the Mediterranean do not make it. Recently, public attention has again focused on their stories, due to shocking images of crowded shelters in southern Italy and the tragedy that cost 400 lives off the shores of Lampedusa.
The launch of Eurosur on 2 December 2013 was a first attempt to cope with the phenomenon. But the set-up of a comprehensive cooperation system on the EU’s boarder is certainly not enough to face the challenge posed by increasing flows of refugees arriving in the EU. The EU’s Asylum Policy, including the Dublin Convention, as well as the EU’s approach towards migration need a thorough rethinking.
Keynote by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs