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Oct 28, 2019

Chief Security Advisor: Shift in EU's focus on migration

György Bakondi said there was now a chance that the EU’s “misguided migration policy” pursued since 2015 may change.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Security Advisor has said the European Union’s current “misguided” migration policy appears to be changing, citing the rejection by the European Parliament (EP) plenary of a draft resolution calling for increased search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

György Bakondi referred to the EP’s rejection of a related proposal approved by the LIBE committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs which, he insisted would have made illegal mass migration into Europe easier. He said “certain liberal left-wing groups” had backed the proposal but the EP plenary prevented its implementation.

Bakondi said there was now a chance that the EU’s “misguided migration policy” pursued since 2015 may change. Bakondi also noted that new EP operated differently, saying that whereas the Socialists and the European People’s Party had previously had a majority between them and could pass measures they agreed on, now the votes of others count.

The advisor also highlighted that an Italian research institute estimated that the number of migrants arriving in Italy illegally will have reached 630,000 by the end of the year. He added that the figures were based on migrants registered with an authority and excluded those hiding from the authorities. “So it’s only possible to have an estimate of the number of people arriving in Europe,” he said.

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