The CNCD 11.11.11 thinks that the European Union’s responses to the tragedies that regularly occur due to illegal immigration are “inadequate”, and “mainly geared towards the closure of borders and reinforcement of border checks”, the association wrote on its website on Monday. This was in reaction to the most recent shipwreck in the Mediterranean, which killed more than 700 immigrants. Despite the increase in the number of deaths on Europe’s borders over the last twenty years, “immigration policies have not been able to stem the immigration flow and the ensuing tragedies that can occur”, the international association has said. “On the contrary, they have pushed thousands of immigrants and refugees into using more and more dangerous routes”.
The CNCD says the EU “is at war against an imaginary enemy”, and criticises it for investing millions of euros into the Agency for Control of Member States exterior borders (Frontex), an organ which has been called “disproportionate, dark and dangerous”. The amount of unregistered immigrants entering the EU via exterior borders has gone up – 107,000 people in 2014. This is despite the constant increase of its budget, the association says.
The association also criticises the non-respect of fundamental rights at European borders, and calls for an overhaul of European immigration policies. It says those practiced through Frontex are “both inefficient and go against the EU and its member states’ international obligations”.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has organised a European summit in Brussels for Thursday.
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)