Despite large scale rescue at sea operations, where Swedish and other European ships and crews have participated in important lifesaving missions, thousands of people have drowned on their way to the EU during the last years. Others have died whilst being smuggled in trucks or frozen to death on side of roads in their quests to reach a new and safe home.
During recent years some people have tried to use this a pretext for abolishing the individual right of asylum and to send all asylum seekers to various camps outside of Europe. It should however be noted that the counties on our external borders are neither safe counties for asylum seekers or interested to become permanent hosts for European refugee camps.
Instead we have to strengthen the possibility for people to reach Europe through safe and legal routes. This applies both to people with asylum grounds, for example within the framework of the UN resettlement program, and for people that want to come to Europe as labour migrants in order to work and thereby contribute to the growth and success of our continent.
By strengthening the safe and legal routes to Europe, fewer persons will attempt the dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea.
We also have to become better at quickly and humanely returning those that have travelled to Europe, without the right to reside here, to their respective countries of origin. Under the headline labour migration you can read more about my work in this field.