Easing measures for asylum seekers may reduce illegal migration: Egypt
Illegal migrants - AFP/Mauro Seminara

CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has called for “facilitating measures of legal migration,” stated ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid Thursday.

In his speech at the two-day Valletta Summit on migration held Wednesday and Thursday, Shoukry said that it is important to expand “legal migration paths as a basic solution to the illegal migration, and […] to strengthen the links between migration and development, as well as between communities of migrants and their countries, and to facilitate granting visas,” Abu Zeid said.

Shoukry said that all European host countries should bear the responsibilities of inbound migrants, urging for opening ways to recruit migration workers from Africa to eradicate poverty, which migrants flee, Abu Zeid continued.

Shoukry noted that security solutions, provided by the European countries, are not enough for migrants, for the mechanisms of protecting their lives.

“Egypt has clearly affirmed that solutions to all existing conflicts are inevitable; in the forefront the political settlement of Syrian crisis and the assistance of the legitimate Libyan government to control its territories, as these crises are strongly relating to the increasing number of illegal migrants, acts of terrorism, and weapon smuggling,” Abu Zeid said.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gateways to other European countries.

In October, 10 Syrian and Iraqi migrants on board of a fishery boat drowned near Burullus village in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate.

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