MINISTERS in Brussels: Will stress the need for more migrant returns

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The Minister of the Interior Konstantinos Ioannou is going to Brussels today, where on Tuesday he will participate in the work of the Council of Internal Affairs of the European Union where he will emphasize the need to further promote the return of rejected asylum seekers to their countries of origin.

An official announcement states that during the Summit the 27 Ministers responsible for immigration will review the actions taken so far at national and European level to strengthen the effectiveness of the return of rejected asylum seekers to their countries of origin.

In the context of the discussion, Mr. Ioannou will reiterate the need to further promote returns, given that they are a central pillar of the migration management strategy, especially for frontline member states such as Cyprus.

The Cypriot Minister of the Interior will once again convey to his counterparts the importance of taking coordinated actions at the European level to strengthen the field of returns, with an emphasis on promoting cooperation between the Union and third countries, within the framework of the Action Plan for the Eastern Mediterranean, according to the announcement.

As is well known, through a series of targeted and studied measures implemented in recent months at the national level, Cyprus has achieved a 60% increase in departures compared to 2022, and is in the first places among the EU states in absolute numbers of returns, it is added.

In relation to the external dimension of immigration, the Council will focus on the effort to institutionalize a mechanism and procedures to promote legal immigration, in the context of creating a pool of talent attraction, with the aim of limiting illegal flows and opening new legal avenues.

The Minister of the Interior returns to Cyprus on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.