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"Migration is not always perceived as an asset"

29 November 2010

At the occasion of the 99th International Organization for Migration Council Session in Geneva, Switzerland, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström emphasized the need to consider our attitudes towards migration in her speech:

"In the times we live in, migration is not always perceived as an asset, or as the duty of well-functioning societies to welcome and protect people in need. A recent international educational survey shows that children in developed democratic states hold very negative attitudes towards migrants; and in an increasing number of countries politicians feed off these fears and get elected because of them. Fears of the unknown, of other religions, other habits, other ways of living. History tells us that migrants have been scapegoats far too often. We all know the tragic consequences."

Read the full speech.