Sweden takes over EU presidency, no deal expected to tackle migration

Sweden takes over EU presidency, no deal expected to tackle migration

Sweden takes over EU presidency, no deal expected to tackle migration

As Sweden takes over the European Council presidency for the first six months of 2023, a Swedish ambassador has said the country has no intention of negotiating a deal on tackling migration.

Sweden’s ambassador to the European Union, Lars Danielsson, has said that the Swedish government, which this month took over the rotating six-month mandate of the European Council presidency, will not seek to negotiate an agreement on migration between EU member-states.

“We will certainly push the work forward … with all our might. [But] you will not see a migration pact made during the Swedish presidency,” Deniaerlsson told the FinancialTimes newspaper, adding that he does not expect a deal on migration until at least spring 2024.

The European Union has supposedly been working seriously on a migration deal for years, and last year some member states agreed to a voluntary agreement in which they would welcome migrants from countries like Italy, Greece and Spain, which are on the common external border. of the bloc and thus receive a large part of the illegals entering the EU.

However, while countries like Germany and France have agreed to take in migrants, very few have actually been transferred. According to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Germany and France received only 95 of the more than 100,000 migrants who arrived in Italy last year.

“I believe that in Europe the same rights and duties of everyone should apply, I believe that the solution that can make everyone agree is to stop departures and defend European borders,” said Meloni. .

Italy is not alone in criticizing other European Union member states for not taking in migrants. The country was joined by several other Mediterranean states in March last year, demanding that other EU countries share the burden of mass migration.

Meloni was attacked by Emmanuel Macron’s France and Italy branded an ‘enemy country’ when it refused to allow an NGO migrant ‘taxi’ ship to dock in Europe due to a lack of burden sharing, which ultimately led to him landing in Toulon instead.

Last year, the European Union recorded more than 308,000 known illegal entries in the first eleven months of the year, numbers not seen since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016.

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