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EU commissioner defends free travel, immigration

EU commissioner defends free travel, immigration

European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem has defended visa free travel and immigration movements as beneficial to the bloc.
The Polish PAP agency quotes Malmstroem saying Monday that the union must receive immigrants if it wants to maintain its high living standards and compete in the world.
She told a meeting of EU asylum experts that free movement of people and goods is the basis for the EU and if the process is well managed, migration brings benefits.
Her comments follows calls by some member states for reintroduction of border controls within the visa free Schengen zone in the face of an immigration wave from North Africa. Last week Denmark boosted its border controls.


Updated : 2021-07-24 18:28 GMT+08:00