EU to restrict visas for countries not complying in deportation of migrants

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 28.6.2017 11:54

On 23 June, during a two-day meeting in Brussels, the 28 leaders of EU countries decided to use all possible levers against foreign countries who refuse to take back their nationals who were not granted asylum in Europe. These incentives should include visa restrictions and, according to a senior EU diplomat, they will target the ruling elites of these countries as they can afford trips to Europe.

Germany, which places great emphasis on deportations of unsuccessful asylum seekers in its migration policy, adopted new legislation facilitating smoother deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers last month. The agreement of the EU states to restrict visas for foreign countries often reluctant to readmit their citizens, such as Nigeria or Bangladesh, therefore fits into the efforts of German lawmakers. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU's trade agreements with African countries should also be part of the effort. The EU often uses instruments of soft power to assert its foreign policy and to ensure safety in Europe.

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