Immigration: Gentiloni, now choice between Dublin, Schengen

12 January, 14:12

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 12 - It is necessary ''to choose between Dublin and Schengen'', Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Tuesday, opening a gathering on ''Migrations and international relations. Italy-Africa Agenda'', which is ongoing at the foreign ministry in Rome. ''Both things have a hard time staying together - either we go beyond the structure we have given ourselves or we risk undermining one of the pillars of the EU''.

    It is right, he said, to ''maintain the distinction between asylum seekers and economic migrants but offering shelter and repatriations need to have a European dimension''. ''Europe - he added - is facing the possibility of realizing that the challenge must be jointly confronted, the 28 countries together.

    The rules we have inherited over the past 20-25 years are inadequate''.

    The Dublin Regulation, he continued, does ''not stand the test of the dimension of flows we are confronted with today''.

    The risk for the EU is that the more it defends the regulations ''the more difficult it will be to safeguard free circulation''.

    ''The alternative we are facing is to endure or try to manage this phenomenon in the medium and long term'', he concluded.

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