Macron: France will not build migrant centers
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the media as he arrives for the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2018. EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, Jun 29, 2018. EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold hands at the start of the second day of an European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2018. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
Brussels, Jun 29 (efe-epa).- France will not build migrant control centers on its territory given that, unlike Greece Italy and Spain, the country was not on the front-line of the migrant crisis, the French president told reporters as he arrived for the second day of a European Council summit in Brussels Friday.
Emmanuel Macron's remarks came just hours after European Union leaders published a list of conclusions on migration policy, which included plans to allow member states to create centers where migrants would be differentiated between refugees with rights to protection and economic migrants who would be sent back to their country of origin.
The president said it would not make sense to build such centers in France as it was not a landing destination for migrants coming across the Mediterranean Sea, adding that under international maritime law, it is the country nearest to a rescue site that must take in those migrants.
He said France and the European Union instead would cooperate closely with countries that do use the migrant center system.