FM Shoukry, EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson discuss solutions to control illegal immigration



Mon, 15 Nov 2021 - 02:29 GMT


Mon, 15 Nov 2021 - 02:29 GMT


CAIRO – 15 November 2021: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed Monday with the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson ways to create legal immigration paths to Europe as a solution to control illegal immigration.

He explained the ‘comprehensive approach’ Egypt has adopted to confront illegal immigration.

During the talks he held with Johansson, Monday Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said that the Egyptian government is engaged in international discussions regarding finding ways of boosting a more positive discourse on immigrants.

He said the meeting discussed cooperation between Egypt and the EU in the immigration issue, given the fact that Egypt as a country is a destination, crossing and exporter of immigration.

Hafez went on to say the foreign minister pointed out the government has adopted a certain approach, based on respecting human rights of immigrants and refugees to integrate them into the Egyptian society without any discrimination.

Shoukry underlined the importance of creating tracks for legal immigration to Europe as a solution to the illegal immigration phenomenon.

The two sides agreed on promoting cooperation in this regard, given the fact that the EU market is in dire need of skilful Egyptian workers, according to him.

In turn, Johansson appreciated efforts exerted by Egypt to combat illegal immigration and hosting refugees and immigrants.

She reiterated the EU's support for Egypt on the matter



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