Immigration: 2 to 4.5 illegal immigrants in EU, Malmstrom

Legal migrants to represent 13% population

01 June, 16:39

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 1 - "Illegal immigration continues to from a large part of immigration in the European Union,'' said European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, referring to the EU 2011 report on immigration. ''By definition no precise figures are available'' for the number of illegal immigrants present in the EU, but ''estimates range from 2 to 4.5 million." Malmstrom underlined the economic potential of legal migration, pointing out that ''the EU will host 20% of emigrants worldwide, representing 13% of the European population." The Commissioner added that ten countries (including Italy who takes third place after France and Germany, but before Belgium, Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Austria, Greece and Poland) receive "90% of asylum requests'' and that ''there are therefore 17 countries who could do much more." Confirming that the Commission continues its attempt to conclude the reform of the European asylum system this year, Malmstrom stressed the importance of ''harmonising'' regulations because the ''current situation is a lottery, in which the same asylum seeker has a 70% chance of being accepted in one country and just 1% in another." (ANSAmed)
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