AVRAMOPOULOS: IMPORTANT PROGRESS IN IMMIGRATION – More efficient management at EU level

It is estimated that Europe will be able to manage more effectively migration in the future, said Dimitris Avramopoulos, noting that the EU has made significant progress in the last two years at all levels.

Speaking in Paris, the Commissioner for Immigration, Home Affairs and Citizenship in the presentation of the OECD’s International Migration Survey 2017 stressed that this report confirms that immigration is rising overall, that over the last two years it has been particularly high in terms of Humanitarian reasons, and that the two main channels of legal immigration to the EU are family reasons and job finding.

According to Mr. Avramopoulos there is considerable confusion and incomplete information about migration, but the findings of the OECD report, he said, help to dissolve some myths. As pointed out, migration to the EU is not new and most immigrants arriving in the EU arrive in a legal and controlled way, for family reasons, for studies or for work, while in fact almost one-third of the EU residence permits given To third-country nationals related to people who migrated for family reasons.

Finally, the Commissioner expressed his conviction that a comprehensive integration strategy should be coupled with a strong European asylum policy and the use of other legitimate immigration channels, not only for family reunification but also for the attraction of highly qualified people through Of the new blue card system, such as, for example, students and seasonal workers.