Italy toughens asylum laws amid surge in migrant arrivals

Press quote (Voice of America)
Camino Mortera-Martinez
18 September 2023

The plan is unlikely to have a big effect, said Camino Mortera-Martinez of the Centre for European Reform. “When it comes to substantive points and content of things that the Commission can do — or the European Union even can do — about this problem, there is absolutely nothing new. We see von der Leyen’s 10-point plan that she offered Italy, and we see the same things that we've been seeing for the past 10 years,” Mortera-Martinez told VOA.

...“We are a continent united in many things. Migration is not one of them. Or if it is, it’s basically on the consensus that we have to protect the borders,” said Mortera-Martinez.

“But if we don't agree on something beyond that, then we will basically damage our own [European Union] project and that's going to be, in my view, particularly visible after the elections in 2024,” she said.