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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, May 5, 2011

Malmström defends Schengen

The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström on Wednesday presented her proposals for immigration in the EU, to be discussed by EU interior and justice ministers next Thursday. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter has nothing but praise for her ideas: "The xenophobic forces in Europe are over-dramatising the wave of immigration [from North Africa] in a bid to have the borders closed. ... Cecilia Malmström calls for a calm approach and points to the EU's duty to take in people who need protection from persecution. ... She also points out that the EU needs workers, and should therefore keep its borders open for a certain amount of immigration from North Africa. At the same time she proposes tightening controls on the EU's external borders to curb human trafficking and illegal immigration. ... Those who favour a generous European asylum policy must at the same time defend a lawful and humane approach to border control."

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