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Ministers discuss asylum

8 June 2011

Tomorrow and Friday the EU Ministers for Migration and Justice meet in Luxembourg. On the agenda are, among other things, asylum and migration issues, and EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is hoping that the meeting will lead to some steps forward towards a common asylum and migration policy.

For more than ten years, Member States and EU institutions have been working for the establishment of a Common European Asylum System. EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström last week put forward proposals for revised asylum directives, hoping that Member States and the European Parliament could agree. At a press conference she underlined that it is unacceptable that in a European common area, based on the same values and the same principles, the chances of obtaining protection are radically different.

"The chance of obtaining asylum can vary from 75 percent in one Member State to less than one percent in another. We cannot accept this; our asylum system should not be a lottery for refugees", said Cecilia Malmström.

The Council meeting with migration ministers will prepare the ground for the EU Summit on 24 June, when EU Heads of State and Government will discuss asylum and migration issues. Read more on what is on the agenda for the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 9-10 June.