EU to help speed up migrant deportations

(AGI) Luxembourg, Oct 8 - EU interior ministers have agreed tohelp speed up the deportations of failed asylum seekers. On thebasis of the "more for more" principle, the EU will do more tohelp the development of third world countries in return forgenuine commitments with regard to the re-admission ofmigrants. The Council has asked the Commission to come up withtargeted and comprehensive measures for dealing with individualthird world countries in the event of re-admission problemsand, "where appropriate", the EU will be able to avail itselfof the "conditionality" of international cooperation policies.In

(AGI) Luxembourg, Oct 8 - EU interior ministers have agreed tohelp speed up the deportations of failed asylum seekers. On thebasis of the "more for more" principle, the EU will do more tohelp the development of third world countries in return forgenuine commitments with regard to the re-admission ofmigrants. The Council has asked the Commission to come up withtargeted and comprehensive measures for dealing with individualthird world countries in the event of re-admission problemsand, "where appropriate", the EU will be able to avail itselfof the "conditionality" of international cooperation policies.In the short term, the EU will explore possible operations insitu, to be carried out by Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, Niger,Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Pakistan"by the end of 2015". In order to speed up repatriations andmigrant flows, the Council is to ask the Commission to promotethe "EU laissez-passer", the standard document used for theexpulsion of third world country nationals, which is intendedto become "a document accepted at community level" forrepatriation purposes. Then there is the internal dimension ofthe immigration problem. Ministers have called for more than800 million euros of European Fund money to be channelled intoasylum and migration during the period 2014-2020, and for theFrontex border force to be given more direct powers in regardto repatriations. Legislative proposals are expected from theCommission in December. Meanwhile there is a very real need tocreate a European office for repatriations as part of Frontex.France has proposed setting up a European border guard corps.This would be implemented in two stages. In the short term, allmember states would be obliged to supply a given number ofofficers to bolster border controls. The special patrols wouldwork for "up to a year". In the long term, a system of borderguards integrated with Frontex is being discussed. This wouldnecessitate changes to EU Community regulations and, in somecases, also to national constitutions. France is to presentmore detailed proposals in the next few days, but the issue ofimmigration will also be discussed next week at the meeting ofEU heads of state and government. No agreement has yet beenreached on the list of safe countries of origin. "Progress hasbeen made, but more work is needed", said French MinisterBernard Cazeneuve. (AGI). .