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La Razón - Spain | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tackling migration together

The EU refugee crisis presents an opportunity to finally resolve a conflict that has been simmering for years, writes the daily La Razón on France and Italy's plans to reform the Schengen agreement: "The crisis offers the opportunity to launch a debate which for too long has been postponed because of the complexity and diverging interests within the EU. Up to now the countries without external borders have shown too little solidarity, and the will to develop efficient instruments has been lacking. The goal must be to finally find a common answer to immigration - not a solution dictated by France or Italy. ... A false sense of national egoism weakens all. So we must find a solution for saving the free circulation of persons while at the same time taking steps to find answers to the challenge of immigration. Such steps could include distributing the burden among the different states as well as increasing funding for Frontex and formulating a common asylum policy."

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