Migrants, tough fist with traffickers and Tunisia deal: 10-point EU plan

The first point of the action plan on the migration emergency presented by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, today in Lampedusa provides for the support of the European Commission, the European Asylum Agency and Frontex in managing the large number of migrants, also with assistance in registering arrivals and identifications. The second point involves increasing support for the transfer of migrants out of Lampedusa, urging other European countries to contribute. The third point concerns Frontex’s support to encourage and facilitate the rapid return of migrants to their countries of origin, where they do not qualify for asylum.

The fourth explains the intention to reinforce the effort against traffickers, together with countries of origin and transit, and to use “a tough fist” against this brutal business. To this end, laws against traffickers must also improve. We must then, and this is point 5 of the European Plan, reinforce air and maritime surveillance and explore options to expand existing naval missions or work to establish new missions in the Mediterranean. The sixth point highlights the need to take measures against the logistics of traffickers. The EU therefore intends to work with the Italian authorities to remove and destroy boats and dinghies.

The seventh point foresees that the European Asylum Agency will provide support to Italy to respond quickly to asylum requests and to repatriate those who make unfounded requests. The eighth involves opening humanitarian corridors and legal arrival routes to offer real alternatives to migrants and break the narrative cycle. The ninth point of the Plan foresees the involvement of UNHCR to protect migrants on their journeys and to increase assisted voluntary repatriations. Lastly, the EU is committed to working with Tunisia to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and accelerate the completion of new projects and the disbursement of new funds earmarked for Tunisia.

Source: IL Tempo