EU: European Commission: Home Affairs (Security and Immigration) Director-General criticised

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Home Affairs (Security and Immigration) Director-General criticised: ‘European Commission does not endorse push-back policy’ (Times of Malta, link):

"The European Commission should clarify its position about the Italy-Libya arrangement of automatically sending migrants back to where they came from, the UN refugee agency has said. “UNHCR’s understanding is that the European Commission has not in fact endorsed the Italy-Libya push-back arrangement, but it is of course up to the Commission to clarify its own position,” a UNHCR spokesman said.

"He was asked to react to comments made by the Commission’s new director general for migration, Stefano Manservisi, who said the policy was found to be perfectly in conformity with EU law. But the UNHCR said it read the transcript of Mr Manservisi’s comments and found what he said was vague and unspecific, while recognising that parts of the Italy-Libya agreement were as yet unknown.

See also: Editorial: Migrants: Case for exercise in transparency (Times of Malta, link)

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