Midday statement by Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, on the 2011 Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum and the accompanying Eurobarometer on awareness of Home Affairs
Première transmission: 01/06/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 01/06/2012
The Commission is presenting its 3rd Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum
The Annual Report presents a forward-looking analysis of EU policy on immigration and international protection based on developments in 2011, an important year for the UE in many respects with consequent impact also on migration policy. The Annual report also provides an overview of the migration picture in the EU from a statistical perspective.
The 2011 Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum is accompanied by a Eurobarometer on the European citizen's attitudes towards cross-border mobility, migration and security.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs to the floor
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs: In 2011, The EU was hosting almost 10% of the world migrants. This amount is around 20 million people or 4% of the EU population. This area has to be put in perspective the US, for instance, is to host 20% of the world migrants and this 13% of its population.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström: According to the Eurobarometer today, EU citizens tend to recognise the contribution that migrants are offering to our society. 53% of the poll thinks that immigration enriches EU countries economically and culturally and 68% agree that legal immigrants should have the same rights as national citizens.
It is also quite interesting to know that 42% think the EU should encourage labour migration from non EU countries to help tackle demographic challenges and labour shortages, within the EU.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström On Asylum we have to continue to fulfil our duty to give shelter to those to are asking for protection and to complete the common European asylum system by 2012, as Member States all agree to do. We are now entering into the beginning of the end of the negotiations with the Parliament and with the Council, and I am convinced that with the final spring we can make it before the end of the year. But for that happening is important that EPO and the Council were constructively to find the balance compromise.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Cecilia Malmström: The Commission has, as you know put forward proposals asked for by the European Council witch said very clearly that Schengen should be strengthen and it should be an European based mechanism. It is clear that one of the weaknesses of the Schengen today is that the evaluation has been too much reviewed and there by, we have not been able to act in time when there are possible weaknesses in one country's border management. And with this proposal we hope that we could come earlier if these evaluations are done jointly with the Member States and managed by the Commission.