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Britain attacks 'broken' EU migration system, demands tighter rules

Aug 30 2015 13:12

London - Europe's migration system is broken, British Interior Minister Theresa May wrote on Sunday, blaming its borderless system for exacerbating a migrant crisis and demanding tighter European Union rules on free movement.

A surge in migrants fleeing war and poverty has presented Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two and claimed the lives of thousands of people making perilous sea and land journeys to the continent.

Writing in The Sunday Times newspaper, May said the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic frontier controls across much of Europe, but which Britain is not part of, had fueled the migrant crisis.

"The events of this summer have shown that the most tragic consequences of a broken European migration system have been borne by those at risk of exploitation," May wrote.

"As countries in Europe are increasingly realising, these tragedies have been exacerbated by the European system of no borders."

This week the bodies of 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found in Austria inside an abandoned freezer truck and more than a hundred dead migrants washed ashore in Libya after an overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe.

Some European governments are considering amending the Schengen code, but the European Commission, the EU executive which enforces it, insists it sees no need to change the rules, either to improve security or control migration.

"When it was first enshrined, free movement meant the freedom to move to a job, not the freedom to cross borders to look for work or claim benefits," May said. "We must take some big decisions, face down powerful interests and reinstate the original principle."

As an island nation off northwest Europe, Britain is far from the frontline of the EU-wide crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees pour into the bloc this year via countries like Italy, Greece and Hungary.

But migration is a politically sensitive topic. Data on Thursday showed annual net migration to Britain hit a record high of 330 000, causing political embarrassment for Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, who in 2010 promised to reduce it below 100 000.

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