EU Agrees On Common Asylum Pact

Immigration ministers from the EU’s 27 member states have agreed on a French proposal for a European Pact on immigration and asylum. Meeting in an informal meeting in Cannes, the ministers have agreed to promote the immigration of qualified workers, but also to guard borders more rigorously and to simplify routines for expelling asylum seekers without valid passports and visas.

They also want to make it possible for asylum seekers to apply for asylum in embassies abroad according to Swedish Radio News. The deal will be formally signed by the EU’s member states in October.