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Migration funnels and sustainable development

The migration and asylum pact of the European Union (EU), presented on September 23, 2020, is far from moving towards solving the migration problem facing the union. Arrivals of irregular migrants have continued during the pandemic, which has further complicated the complex process of managing asylum claims at the main points of entry. The content of the pact focuses on establishing an express border procedure to speed up the repatriation of those who do not have the right to asylum and offers an “à la carte” menu to EU member countries. They are proposed to choose between cooperating to relocate migrants, offering logistical assistance at points of entry, or collaborating in financing expulsions. The text of the agreement contains 90 times the word “return” but only 14 times the word “rights.” There is hardly any impact on creating legal migration channels and collaborating with the main countries of origin to promote safe and legally protected ways to send and receive migrants.

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