European Commissioner for Internal Affairs and Migration Ilva Johansson stated today that there is no truth in the allegations that the European Union plans to transfer the majority of migrants and refugees from its territory to Serbia.

“There is no truth in that, there is nothing more wrong than that. What we need to do is to manage migrations together. I am here to help in that, to determine the ways in which migrants arrive in Serbia, so that we can work with those countries as well.” And to see what we can do on the return of those who do not have the conditions to stay, “Johansson told RTS.

She said that the EU does not return illegal migrants to their countries of origin in as many numbers as it could on the basis of rejected asylum requests, but that it has no plans to send them to Serbia.

“On the contrary, the EU’s goal is to help Serbia reduce the illegal influx of people,” Johansson said.

Yesterday, Johansson attended the signing of the Agreement on the support of the European Union to Serbia in migration management, worth 2.5 million euros.

He states that it is support for migrants who are already in Serbia, “to help them, so that, for example, they can go to school, to be part of society”.

“And I think it’s fair to support Serbia in that. But that’s not the only support we provide. We also help countries that are on the way for migrants to come to Serbia, just as we see how to help those who need to return to their homeland. the country, “the European Commissioner said.

She reiterated that Serbia is a very reliable partner when it comes to migration.

“He has a sober and realistic approach to this issue. I really appreciate that. Migration is not something to be afraid of, but migration must be managed. And no one can do it on their own because migration is by definition cross-border. That is why we must work together. “Serbia, but also other countries that are on the migrant route,” Johansson said.

Asked why she talks about migrants and migrations, when these people prefer to call themselves refugees, Johansson stated that the EU is convinced that most of those who now come to the Union are not refugees.

“In 2015, the scenario was completely different. Then many more people came and they were mostly refugees from Syria. It is important to understand that the reasons for their movement are different. People who want to come to the European Union to live better should have such a possibility. But in a legal and correct way. And we insist on that, not to cross borders illegally and without permission, “Johansson said.

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