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Malmström warns of growing xenophobia

23 June 2011

EU Heads of State and Government are meeting today and tomorrow in Brussels for the European Council. The situation in Greece and the financial crisis is of course on the agenda, but also asylum, migration, and Schengen issues. Commissioner Cecilia Malmström urges EU leaders to stand up for European values of solidarity, tolerance, and mutual respect between countries and people, and give negotiations on a Common European Asylum System a much needed push forward.

"In recent years, we have witnessed growing support for populist movements and far-right political parties in the EU. In my areas of responsibility – asylum, migration, integration, and border cooperation – I can see that xenophobia is on the rise. Developments this spring illustrate the situation quite clearly", said Cecilia Malmström. She continued:
"In recent years, we have witnessed growing support for populist movements and far-right political parties in the EU. In my areas of responsibility – asylum, migration, integration, and border cooperation – I can see that xenophobia is on the rise. Developments this spring illustrate the situation quite clearly", said Cecilia Malmström. She continued:

During this European Council meeting, Cecilia Malmström hopes that political leaders from the EU Member States will confirm the need for serious and long-lasting partnerships with North Africa – on mobility as well as security, and she urges Heads of State and Government to back the European Commission's recent and revised proposals for asylum Directives. "We need to urgently reach a decision on the completion of a Common European Asylum System by 2012, a deadline which all EU countries have already committed to. And it is clear that the need for common regulations is pressing", she underlined.

Read Cecilia Malmström's statement in full, and read more about the European Council taking place on 23-24 June..