Tuesday, 14 September 2021 03:47

EU policy snags are ‘encouraging illegal migration’

Shortcomings in the EU effort to return unsuccessful asylum seekers are “encouraging illegal migration” instead of stemming it, the bloc’s watchdog institution warned in a report Monday (13 September).

The European Court of Auditors (ECA), which scrutinises EU policies and finances, found that efforts by Brussels to secure cooperation from countries outside the bloc to take back migrants had “yielded limited results”.

Fewer than one in three migrants ordered to leave the European Union actually do — and that ratio drops to less than one in five when the country they are told to return to is outside the European continent.

The ECA’s audit of the EU returns policy over the 2015 to mid-2020 period — focused on the 10 countries with the biggest numbers of non-returned irregular migrants — said the steps being taken to boost cooperation were “relevant”.

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