Macron proposes establishing closed migrant centers in Europe

admin   •   June 26, 2018   •   2985

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in Quimper, France, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

 

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday proposed the creation of closed migrant centers in Europe, where authorities could quickly assess whether or not migrants are eligible to apply for asylum and send those back who do not qualify.

The centers are expected to allow a rapid response to asylum requests, as well as foster European solidarity so that each country takes in, in an organized way, migrants who are entitled to asylum, said Macron, at a joint press conference with visiting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

“France and Spain share the same strategy to respond to the arrival of migrants with efficiency and humanity. And this strategy is based on three pillars, which are also indispensable. The first one is the strengthening of our support and cooperation with original and transit countries. In this respect, I must welcome the cooperation that Spain has with several African countries. Spain was present at the summit organized by France on last August 28 and we were able to carry out several concrete actions. And I hope we will continue on this point with all countries, especially those in Africa, which are original or transit countries for these migrants,” said Macron— Reuters

Malaysia to send back plastic waste from Europe, US sent for ‘recycling’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2019

Containers of plastic trash from shipped to Malaysia from 14 countries including United States, Japan, France, Canada, Australia and Britain | Courtesy: Reuters

Malaysia will send as much as 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to the countries it came from, the environment minister said on Tuesday (May 28), the latest Asian country to reject rich countries’ rubbish.

Malaysian officials have identified at least 14 origin countries, including the United States, Japan, France, Canada, Australia and Britain, for its unwanted waste sent “under the pretext of recycling”.

“So, what the citizen of the UK believe that they sent for recycling is actually dumped in our country. And this is something that is very serious, and we did not only find this one company, we have found a few companies from different countries,” said Yeo Been Yin, Malaysia’s Minister of energy, technology, science, climate change and environment.

Malaysia last year became the world’s main destination for plastic waste after China banned its import, disrupting the flow of more than 7 million tonnes of the trash a year.

Dozens of recycling factories have cropped up in Malaysia, many without operating licenses, and communities have complained of environmental problems.

“Now we know that garbage, like what you see just now, is traded under the pretext of recycling,” the Malaysian minister said.

He added that 60 containers of trash that had been imported illegally would be sent back.

“We are compiling the list of the so called ‘recycling companies’ from these developed countries and we will send back, send the list of these names of these companies to the respective governments, to take further actions against, and investigation for these companies in their respective countries,” he said.

“Malaysians like any other developing countries have a right to clean air, clean water, sustainable resources and clean environment to live in, just like citizens of developed nations a right to clean environment to live in, just like citizens of developed nations,” he added. (REUTERS)

WHO says migrants risk illness in host countries, lack access to health care

admin   •   January 22, 2019

Female migrants standing in line to get their temperatures checked by a Red Cross worker in Malaga, Spain on January 15, 2018 | Reuters

Migrants and refugees arriving in Europe are likely to be healthy but risk falling sick due to poor living conditions in their host countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a first-ever report on migrants’ health.

WHO regional director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, said on Monday (January 21) that refugees and migrants in Europe do not bring “exotic” diseases but are in higher risk to of getting sick because they lack access to health care.

Poor living conditions also increase their risk for cardiovascular diseases, stroke and cancer, though they are less affected than their host populations on arrival, WHO said.

The report said that a significant proportion of migrants and refugees who are HIV positive acquired the infection after they arrived in Europe. Despite a widespread assumption to the contrary, there is only a very low risk of refugees and migrants transmitting communicable diseases to their host population.

Jakab said that in some European countries “citizens estimate that there are three or four times more migrants than they are in reality”. — Reuters

Macron: Britain would be first loser in case of no-deal Brexit

admin   •   January 16, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron addressing mayors during debate at the Grand-bourgtheroulde, France on January 15, 2019 | Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (January 15) Britain would be the first loser if it left the European Union without a deal, after the British parliament resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce agreement.

Macron was reaching the end of an almost seven-hour debate with local officials at a town hall meeting in Normandy when he was told of the result of the British vote.

After praising the head of the European Council Donald Tusk and the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Macron said he expected Britain to eventually ask for more time to renegotiate a deal. — Reuters

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