Avramopoulos: in Spain there is no migration crisis, there is a “manageable” pressure
Brussels, Aug 4 (EFE) .- The European Commissioner for Immigration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said in an interview with Efe that Spain is not going through a migration crisis at this time and that the pressure the country faces due to the increase in arrivals from Morocco It is “manageable”.
“It is up to the Government of Spain to find a way to better control the situation, because for the moment the situation is manageable, we are not in a crisis in Spain right now, it is pressure, yes, and we have to be better prepared for the future,” said Avramopulos, who met this Friday in Madrid with members of the Executive of Pedro Sánchez.
The European Immigration official insisted that Spain “is not alone” in this task and will have the “practical, financial and political” support of the Commission, a message that it conveyed to the vice president, Carmen Calvo; to the Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell; to the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and the Employment, Magdalena Valerio, in their meetings.
Asked if the situation could evolve into a crisis, Avramopoulos said that the goal is precisely to “prevent” this from happening and that Spain become a nucleus where immigrants are stranded indefinitely waiting for their asylum claims to be resolved.
“I think the situation has to be put under control in general, everyone who arrives on the European coasts must be immediately registered, identified and divided, something that has already been done with great success in Italy and Greece in the last two years, “he said.
“Right now the pressure is on Spain,” added the Greek commissioner, who was “sure” that the Government of Pedro Sanchez “is taking this reality into account” and will adopt the measures “he believes necessary” to guarantee this process.
On the possibility that Spain install for this one of the “controlled centers” agreed by the leaders of the European Union (EU) in June, in which it would be distributed quickly to immigrants among those entitled to asylum and those who must be returned, Avramopoulos said that Spanish legislation does not allow its construction.
Now, he said, the Spanish government “can find other alternatives” based on experience in other Mediterranean countries.
For the Commissioner, who on Friday announced the granting of three million euros in emergency assistance to support the Civil Guard, Spain has not taken too long to ask for help to Brussels, as it reacted in view of the “huge” increase in arrivals in the last two months, in which more than 14,000 arrivals have been registered.
The country “has shown an exemplary European spirit” in the face of immigration, said Avramopoulos, who praised the June reception of the Aquarius ship with 630 migrants on board, which Italy prevented from landing, but stressed that situations such as this can not be allowed. in “permanent”.
To this end, he said, one of the things agreed between Spain and Brussels is to work together in strengthening relations with countries of origin and transit of immigration, for which they even plan to combine their dialogue missions with the countries of the Sahel, Tunisia and, especially, Morocco.
“It is clear that we need to increase our support to Morocco: not only more, but faster,” said the commissioner, who acknowledged that the Trust Fund for Africa “does not have enough” for the EU’s objectives and requires that the countries contribute more funds.
In addition to “a lot of money,” he said, Morocco needs technology, equipment and infrastructure to monitor an especially long border.
Avramopoulos acknowledged that the EU faces the “problem” that some member states “are totally reluctant” to participate in the common migration policy, especially the quota system for the distribution of refugees, and insisted that the Dublin system should be reformed. Currently, it is “obsolete, dead” after the 2015 crisis.
“Europe will need it in the future” because “we do not know what lies ahead,” said the commissioner, who warned that today “geopolitical volatility” means that “the instability centers go from the border of Tunisia to Ukraine” and the rise of populisms on account of immigration.
“The simplistic populist narratives about immigration today could be a very dark and heavy cloud for the future of Europe and should be avoided at all costs,” he warned.