ANDn a statement on the occasion of Migrant Day, the community executive and Borrell stated that “safe, protected and legal routes allow the European Union to unlock the immense potential of human mobility”.
“It is an investment in our economy and our society as a whole, supporting key areas such as the EU’s green and digital transition and contributing to making Europe more competitive, cohesive and resilient,” they said.
Creating such legal pathways for migration “not only brings economic benefits, but can also help reduce irregular and unsafe migration, as well as the human and economic costs associated with smuggling and trafficking”, they argued.
Since 2014, more than 50,000 migrants have lost their lives on migratory routes around the world, according to official data.
Every year, “thousands of migrants” seek to reach the EU irregularly and insecurely, using “deadly routes”, while between 2 and 3 million people from all over the world arrive in the EU legally to work or study, according to Brussels.
Legal immigration “plays a fundamental role for Europe’s society and economy”, underlined the European Commission and Borrell, adding that, in the “race for global talent”, migration is “an important means of addressing the growing shortage of skills in the EU”.
“Throughout the covid-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the resilience and innovation of migrants: doctors, nurses, scientists were on the front line against this pandemic”, they highlighted.
The Pact on Migration and Asylum, presented by the Commission, recognizes the “key” role of legal migration for European society and economy, also within the framework of partnerships with third countries.
For example, the EU is working to create new pathways for legal migration, for all education levels and skill sets, establishing “strong and mutually beneficial” partnerships with partner countries including Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.
“We must harness the potential of human mobility”, they concluded.
Migration, along with economic issues, will be one of the topics that will be in focus at an extraordinary European summit convened for the 9th and 10th of February.
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