Iraq and the European Union have discussed issues surrounding illegal immigration and agreed to accelerate efforts to curb the smuggling networks.
Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein met with European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, and both sides held detailed discussions on ways to counter illegal immigration and measures for their voluntary repatriation.
The two officials met on the sidelines of the Sixth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’, and they discussed the bilateral relations in areas of common interest between Iraq and the European Union.
During the meeting, Hussein informed Johansson that the government of Iraq has taken all necessary measures for the return of illegal migrants.
“We are doing everything in our capacity to tackle smuggling networks and efforts are underway for the voluntary repatriation of failed Iraqi asylum-seekers,” Hussein added.
During the meeting, Johansson praised the role of Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and stressed having strong relations between Iraq and the European Union.
Johansson also lauded Iraq for its efforts and cooperation to stop the inflow of illegal immigration.
A large number of Iraqis fled their country due to war and economic instability on a daily basis to go on dangerous smuggling routes to reach Europe in a bid to start a better life.
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