Extracts from the press conference by Cecilia Malmström on the 2011 Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum and the accompanying Eurobarometer on awareness of Home Affairs
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 01/06/2012 First transmission: 01/06/2012
On 1st June 2012, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, presented the 3rd Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum, in Brussels.
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.
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||Arrival of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, at the conference in Brussels, regarding the 2011 Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum and the accompanying Eurobarometer on awarenbess of Home Affairs
||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): In 2011, The EU was hosting almost 10% of the world's 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.
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||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): According to the Eurobarometer today, EU citizens tend to recognise the contribution that migrants are offering to our society. 53% of the respondents say 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 to tackle demographic challenges and labour shortages, within the EU.
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||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): On Asylum we have to continue to fulfil our duty to give shelter to those who are asking for protection and to complete the common European asylum system by 2012, as Member States all have agreed 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 European Patent Office (EPO) and the Council work constructively to find a balanced compromise.
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||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): The Commission has, as you know put forward proposals, asked for by the European Council where it says very clearly that Schengen should be strengthened and that it should be an European based mechanism. It is clear that one of the weaknesses with Schengen today is that the evaluation has been too much over peer-to-peer review and, thereby, we have not been able to react 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, of course, but managed by the Commission.
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