As the waves of illegal refugees break ever higher on Europe’s shores, for example in the Canary islands under seige this summer from thousands of African migrants, the European Commission has presented a new set of concrete proposals to stem the flow.
They include a new common database, migrant centres in non-EU nations, and a multinational border guards force. Franco Frattini, commissioner for Justice, security, and freedom:
“Now our intention is to have a common regulation extending to the members of rapid expert teams powers of national officials in order to make it possible a deeper cooperation of teams.”
Some like Sergio Carrera from the Centre of European Policy Studies say new initiatives may be less important than acting on decisions already made:
“It seems to me that too much importance is given to these measures instead of looking at the real routes of migration or giving more relevance to the policy plan on legal migration that the Commission presented in 2005 and which paves the ground for some of the dilemmas presented by international mobility.”
One major “pull” factor in illegal immigration, the continued willingness of some employers to use black market labour, is not adressed directly, with Frattini only promising to study the question.