Press release: Migration compact: duplicating the awful Turkey deal should not be the way forward

FB9Reacting to the ”Migration Compact” proposed today by the European Commission, European Liberals and Democrats regret that instead of establishing a real cooperation system with third countries, the EU is replicating the deal with Turkey.

Cecilia Wikstrom, ALDE spokesperson for migration, said: ”It is positive that the Commission hopes to improve cooperation with third countries, notably when it comes to combatting the root causes which force people to flee and seek refuge and the provision of safe and legal routes to enter the EU. Europe cannot however outsource its responsibility to receive, in a responsible and dignified manner, refugees.

The EU- Turkey statement is a dead end policy and this needs to be recognised by the commission, rather than trying to impose this model also in other parts of our neighbourhood. It would be a deeply worrying development if the Commission and EU Member States sought to embark on a path towards a type of ”Australian” migration model for the EU. This should never be accepted by the European Parliament, which must be fully involved in any discussions with third countries on these matters. These are issues on which the parliament has full co-decision rights with the Council”. läs mer…