4 May 2011
The Communication on migration adopted by the Commission on the 4 of May includes initiatives for a more structured, comprehensive, rapid-response approach from the EU to the challenges and opportunities of migration, not least in view of the current developments in the Mediterranean.
"It is clear that the EU needs a strong common asylum and migration policy. This has only become more evident in recent months, in view of the historic events taking place in North Africa. It is also clear that the EU would benefit from some targeted labour immigration in order to help address expected labour shortages in many sectors, and to redress the projected decline in Europe's working age population in the coming years. But migration must at the same time be properly managed – this means ensuring effective border control. ", said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs.
The Communication cover various aspects of migration: including strengthened border control and Schengen governance, completion of the Common European Asylum System, and a more targeted legal migration. Read the communication [727 KB] in full, watch the press conference. For more information also see the speech from the press conference or read more on Cecilia Malmström's blog.