Mustafa AY – TDO – 15.08.2018 In the aftermath of that Italy refused French search and rescue vessel ‘Aquarius’ with 141 asylum seeker to anchor to Italian safe harbors, Aquarius has waited at international waters between Italy and Malta for a while. 5 EU member states –Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg- decided on taking necessary action towards some of 141. As a result of decision, 5 EU nation states reached a consensus on granting some of 141 temporary accommodations.
Dimitris Avramopoulos –EU Commissioner in charge of Migration, Citizenship and Interior Affairs- pointed out 5 EU member state’s decision as inefficient, ineffective and short-term solution. Avramopoulos stated, “we cannot depend on ad-hoc regulations and arrangements on the matter of migration. We ought to seek for long-term/sustainable solutions to this issue. For this, all EU member states need to take necessary and precautionary action to form a good and long-term solution.” Namely, EU needs to devote its energy and sources to create sustainable migration policy, rather than ineffective and short-term ones.