EU: Will intensify efforts to manage migrations

Geneva: The European Union (EU) delegation on Wednesday in a statement said that it will be intensifying its efforts on all fronts to “better manage migration together”.
The EU delegation to UN in Geneva has said it has spent two years dedicated to tackling, humanely and effectively, migration in Europe which it described as one of the “most challenging phenomena” of current times, sources reported.
It said, “With the total number of irregular crossings along the main migratory routes having decreased by 63 percent in 2017,” collective efforts to protect the EU’s external borders are
showing “concrete results”.
Earlier UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a statement said the EU’s policy of assisting the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept and return migrants in the Mediterranean Sea was inhuman.
The EU says its efforts entail cooperating with partner countries to tackle “the root causes of irregular migration, improve the protection of migrants and win the fight against smugglers are showing concrete results”.
EU First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said, “Since 2015, we have made real progress through our joint work to manage migration better in a comprehensive way.
“However, we are not there yet, and this issue will stay with us for some time.”