The European Union is set to unveil a long-awaited migration pact, aiming to streamline the asylum process among member states.
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Migration policy has historically been a thorny issue in EU politics, and it’s possible the new migration pact will be a hard sell for the European Commission.
The process has been a delicate balancing act of giving more control over accepting migrants to countries who have been averse to mandatory quotas like Poland, Hungary and Austria, and supporting southern countries like Greece, Italy and Malta in dealing with people arriving on their shores from the Mediterranean.
Speaking to Euronews ahead of the announcement, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson vowed there should be “no more Morias”, referring to the overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos which burned down more than a week ago.
“I think it is obvious that Moria is the result, not only, but partly, of the lack of a common European asylum and migration policy,” she added.
Johansson said she thought the new policy could bridge differences between member states over migration.
“To be honest I don’t think I’ll have the chance to have too many ‘hoorays’ when I present my proposal, but I do think I will have acceptance and respect because I think we are finding the right balance where we show solidarity towards migrants, asylum seekers and between member states, but that we’re also clear that those who are not eligible to stay – they have to be returned,” Johansson told Euronews.