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Urges to set clearer criteria of migrant relocation

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2015 06 16

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Urges to set clearer criteria of migrant relocation
Urges to set clearer criteria of migrant relocation

Today, during the meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Council of the European Union in Luxembourg, Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis with colleagues from other countries discussed the challenges of migration crisis and possible ways of solving them.

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According to the Minister, all countries, in principle, assess positively the European Union Agenda on Migration, proposed short and midterm actions. The Member States agree on easing burden of the Member States under particular migratory pressure. “Nobody raises question – is it necessary to contribute? The question is different – how to contribute? The aim is common, but there is no agreement on actions”, – S. Skvernelis says.

According to his words, some states speak for obligatory relocation of migrants from Greece and Italy. Others, Lithuania among them – for voluntary participation in the measures of solidarity. Lithuania together with other countries also critically assesses the criteria of migrant relocation set by the European Commission and urges to make them more honest and objective.

“The opinion that relocation measures may become a pull factor for criminals engaged in illegal transporting of migrants is also notable. They might become an incentive for criminals to continue illegal activity. We must avoid making such a mistake. In parallel with that, we must apply the EU return policy as the principle element which would deter economic migrants from their wish to travel to Europe”, – S. Skvernelis notes.

It is agreed that the ways of solving migration crisis not having been found, functioning of the Schengen area and Dublin system which is the basis of the EU asylum is endangered.

Further the issues of migration will be discussed at the European Council, in the beginning of July they will be considered again during informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Council of EU.