Schen: EU prepares tighter border controls
25 April 2012
“EU to mobilise against illegal immigration”, headlines Berlingske. The daily reveals that Denmark, the current holder of the rotating presidency of the European Union, plans to present 90 measures to combat illegal immigration – a phenomenon which increased by 35 % last year – at the next EU Justice and Interior Ministers meeting on 26 April.
The range of measures will include: initiatives to develop better cooperation with refugee source countries, most notably with North African states; reinforce Frontex, increase surveillance of the Turkish-Greek border, and improve the management of migratory flows as well as more efficient procedures for deportations and to combat human trafficking.
The proposals have come at time when illegal immigration is the cause of growing concern in Denmark. However the newspaper also notes –
… according to the Ministry of Justice, we do not know how many illegal immigrants there are in Denmark. However, there is some justification for the worry that the large number of immigrants who are currently in Greece and Italy may decide to move north.
The measures are also justified for practical reasons, argues Marlène Wind of Copenhagen University, who is quoted by the daily –
Problems linked to illegal immigration are a threat to the single market and the European spirit of free movement. For this reason, it will also be a victory for the Danish Presidency to have the project implemented.