Berlin and Paris propose new EU migration policy

26th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 October 2006, London (dpa) - French and German interior ministers proposed a new EU migration policy from the European Union's six largest countries at a meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Thursday. German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy proposed that the a common immigration policy should be created for the European Union. The French-German proposal aims to create an EU asylum authority and open up the EU's labour market to temporary guest workers.

26 October 2006

London (dpa) - French and German interior ministers proposed a new EU migration policy from the European Union's six largest countries at a meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Thursday.

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy proposed that the a common immigration policy should be created for the European Union.

The French-German proposal aims to create an EU asylum authority and open up the EU's labour market to temporary guest workers.

Under the proposal, workers from poor countries could live in EU countries for three to four years, transfer money to their home countries and return with newly-acquired skills, Schaeuble said.

United Nations experts had praised such "circular migration", he said.

British, Italian and Spanish Polish interior ministers approved the proposal, which would have to be expanded and streamlined with a view to being adopted by the EU Council of Ministers at the EU summit in December.

Schaeuble and Sarkozy had also proposed that national immigration quotas be registered with Brussels, which would enable the EU to repatriate illegal immigrants to their countries of origin more easily.

The interior ministers of Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland were taking part in the two-day meeting, which began Wednesday with discussions on a joint policy to combat terrorism.

DPA

Subject: German news

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