Mediterranean countries call for compulsory distribution of migratory flows across the EU
Five Mediterranean countries of the European Union demanded this Saturday a “fair” and “compulsory” distribution between the Member States of the responsibilities derived from the immigration which reaches their coasts, during a meeting in Malaga (southern Spain ).
The interior ministers of Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Malta and Greece – known as MED5 – agreed “to demand from the European Union that the common migration policy revolves around the equitable sharing of responsibilities between the Member States ”, according to a statement issued by the host, the Spanish ministry.
This should include a “predictable and mandatory relocation mechanism for member states facing landings … due to their geographic location,” the statement added.
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, for example, refused to accept some of the immigrants and exiles who arrived in Europe, mainly by the Mediterranean Sea, during the migratory wave of 2015, many of whom were fleeing the civil war in Syria. .
“Our voice and our vision of the migration challenge must not only be taken into account, but they must be at the heart of European policy,” Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told reporters.
Saturday’s meeting aimed to strengthen a common position regarding negotiations on the European Pact on Migration and Asylum.
The Mediterranean Sea is the main migratory route to reach Europe and also one of the most dangerous.
Some 17,000 people died between 2014 and 2018 on the route from the Mediterranean to Europe, according to a 2020 report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In 2019, IOM recorded the arrival by sea in Europe of more than 12,000 migrants and refugees, and the deaths on the routes of the Mediterranean Sea of 356 people.
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