Immigration: Member states, not EU, responsible for tragedies

Someof the 214 immigrants who entered in Melilla.a Spanish enclave in Morocco, during a massive assault on 28 February 2014

It is member states, and not European parliament members or the European Commission (EC), who hold primary responsibility for conditions that have led to tragedies like the death of 360 people off Lampedusa last October, said European Parliament President Martin Schulz in a press conference in Berlin.

“It is the lack of will to intervene on the part of member states, to recognize once and for all that Europe is a destination continent for immigration” and that one must have a “common law on immigration.”

“I do not want to force migrants out of desperation, for the lack of a certain legal framework, to put themselves in the hands of unscrupulous traffickers,” Schulz added. Even if this “does not say that whoever wants to come to Europe can do it.”

In the meantime, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom asked Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Dias for clarification regarding the expulsion of Sub-Saharan migrants at the Ceuta and Morocco border during which 15 people died last February 12. The two met in Brussels, before the meeting of the 28 European Union (EU) ministers who will discuss migratory pressure toward the EU member countries.

Regarding the migratory emergency in the Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, Fernandez Diaz will ask for help from the European Commission (EC) and community partners to face the presence of 30,000 Sub-Saharans that are waiting to enter Spanish territory from Morocco, according to a report circulated by the Spanish interior ministry.

Newspeak: Europe is not being invaded,  it is a “destination continent.”

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