Swift Deportation Is Becoming to be a Central Policy Question in the EU

Swedish politician Ylva Johansson at the hearings for commissioners-designate in Brussels on October 1, 2019 (Photo: European Parliament / Flickr.com)

At a meeting organized on Thursday, the justice and interior ministers of the European Union have agreed that one of the most central problems of the current migration situation is pinpointing and deporting those with a failed asylum request, including those who outright pose security risks. Solving the problem of prolonged returns is a priority for more and more member states.

Following recent criminal attacks by foreign nationals, ministers from across the EU are demanding for stricter screening of migrants and asylum seekers as well as quicker deportations of those deemed to be a security threat.

EU justice and interior ministers discussed the necessity of accelerating the implementation of planned asylum changes inside the bloc on Thursday (October 19) at a high-level conference in Luxembourg. The discussions were held in the wake of recent deadly assaults in France and Belgium, which were carried out by foreign nationals, and amid increased security concerns related to the conflict in the Middle East.

Before the meeting, Ylva Johansson, the EU’s commissioner for migration, stressed the importance of “immediately returning” anyone who presented a threat to European nationals.

“We need to be more efficient, close the loopholes and be quicker on decisions to carry out returns,” Johansson added.

The 45-year-old Tunisian who on Monday shot and killed two Swedish nationals in Brussels before being killed by Belgian police in a shootout had been given the go-ahead to leave the country after having his plea for asylum turned down. He had previously lived in Sweden and entered the EU via the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2011.

The young Ingush minority man who killed a teacher in northern France last Friday was on a state database of those considered to be possible security risks. He was born in Russia.

Darmanin demanded that the long-discussed EU Pact on Migration and Asylum (migration pact) be put into effect as soon as possible when he arrived for the meeting on Thursday.

Nicole de Moor, the state secretary for asylum and migration in Belgium, echoed the request by stating on social media before the conference that the Brussels attacker had applied for refuge in four different European nations.

De Moor and other supporters of the EU Migration Pact claim that by overhauling immigration laws, significant problems including security gaps and inefficient returns of foreign nationals will be resolved.

For the agreement to be completed by year’s end and be in place when Belgium assumes the EU presidency in January 2024, Belgium has been working to increase support for the agreement.

Currently, according to the Reuters news agency, only about one-fifth of those whose asylum claims are denied in Europe are actually sent back.

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