EU interior ministers at a meeting in Stockholm agreed that the deportation process should be made more efficient.
The interior ministers of the European Union member states agreed on Thursday that there is a need to make the process of deportation of immigrants who come to Europe through illegal routes more effective. This development was revealed at a meeting held today in Stockholm, which is hosted by Sweden. According to the interior minister of Sweden, which chairs the European bloc, Maria Malmar Asterngaard, the deportation process is currently ineffective.
According to the data, deportation orders were issued for 340,000 immigrants in 2021, but only 21 percent of them were enforced. European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Jola Johansson said the current pace of deportations is very slow, “There is room for improvement.” “The number of deportees can be increased and the process made more efficient.
Ministers of some countries have also suggested that the process of obtaining visas should be restricted for citizens from countries of origin who do not cooperate in the deportation process. The Swedish government believes that there is a need to work together with countries of origin in this regard. Interior Minister Maria Malmar Asterngaard said European governments should use their powers to encourage migrants’ home countries to cooperate. According to him, things like development aid and others can be linked to cooperation.
Many “reintegration” assistance programs are run by the European Union in these countries, where governments have shown cooperation in the deportation process. From 2020, there is also a system according to which, if the countries of origin of people who are found worthy of deportation to Europe do not give them travel documents or are not willing to return them, then for the citizens of such countries. Getting a visa can be difficult.
In 2021, the European Commission proposed to apply this system in Bangladesh and Iraq, but currently no progress has been made in this regard.
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