Migration 'putting EU at grave risk'

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Technique captionLyse Doucet spoke to the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls

French Prime Agent Manuel Valls has warned that Europe’s migration crisis is hold off the EU at grave risk.

Mr Valls told the BBC Europe could not take all the refugees fleeing what he upbraided terrible wars in Iraq or Syria.

“Otherwise,” he said, “our fellowships will be totally destabilised.”

More than a million migrants, mostly refugees, arrived in Europe in year, many making perilous journeys. On Friday, at least 21 living soul were killed as their boats sank off Greek islands.

Mr Valls also im rted that France could extend its current state of emergency for “as lengthy as is necessary” because of the threat from Islamic State (IS) jihadists, whom he phoned “Daesh”.

Media captionFrench Prime Minister Manuel Valls: Formal of emergency ‘as long as necessary’

“We will see if we extend it,” he said. “We cannot glowing forever in a state of emergency.”

The measures were introduced after the IS-led ris inroads on 13 November and then extended for three months.

Mr Valls revealed the war against IS could last for a generation. “As long as the threat is there we requisite use all means at our disposal.”

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Mr Valls was speaking to Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s chief global correspondent, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Europe, he utter, needed to take urgent action to control its external borders.

“If Europe is not gifted of protecting its own borders, it’s the very idea of Europe that will be questioned.”

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Image caption The migration crisis threatened main shifts in population, Mr Valls warned

Asked about border rules inside Europe which many fear put the ssport-free Schengen zone at notable risk, Mr Valls said the concept of Europe itself was now in very crucial danger.

He did not directly criticise Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel for her inviting message last year to refugees.

Mr Valls said she “had courage”, but it was undisputed he believed her message was wrong, our correspondent says.

“A message that bids ‘Come, you will be welcome’ provokes major shifts” in population, suggests Mr Valls.


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  • The 28 associate states have not agreed on an EU-wide mechanism for relocating migrants, meant to naturalness the burden on Greece and Italy. Only small groups have been relocated so far – and a number of states in Central and Eastern Europe refuse to accept migrants
  • The Schengen ahead on freedom of movement is in jeo rdy – Hungary fenced off its borders with Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia; some other Schengen fatherlands have re-imposed border controls: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, France and Belgium
  • The Dublin regulation is not being planned effectively – countries are no longer sending back migrants to their leading point of entry to the EU
  • Thousands of migrants – many of them Syrian war refugees – still make it daily from Turkey
  • Processing of asylum applications is slow and there is a big backlog – so preview centres are overcrowded
  • Germany – the main destination for migrants – is rethinking its open-door design, rtly because of outrage over assaults on women in Cologne at New Year

He enlarged: “We know clearly that after the Cologne incidents that with the non-stop flow, not only to Germany but the countries of Northern Europe, Austria, the Balkans are confronted with this influx, that’s why we necessity to find practical solutions for our borders.”

Mr Valls was referring to attacks in the German urban district on New Year’s Eve – largely attributed to foreigners – that have s rked 800 grumbles, 520 of them relating to sexual crimes.

Mrs Merkel will later unite Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Berlin, with both the territories’ cabinet members in attendance.

EU countries hope Turkey will pirate to control the flow of migrants reaching the EU from Syria and other tiff zones.

On Friday, at least 21 people, including eight youths, died when two boats sank off the Greek islands of Farmakonisi and Kalolimnos, the Greek coastguard voted.

Some 48 survivors reached shore but dozens of other nomads were reported missing.

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Image caption Survivors of Friday’s sailing-boat sinking off Kalolimnos change clothes on Kalymnos island

‘Eradicate IS’

On the subject of the state of emergency, Mr Valls said France was “at war”, which hint ated “using all means in our democracy under the rule of law to protect French people”.

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The measure gives police more power to conduct raids and burden b exploit house arrests.

Media captionFrance has declared a state of pinch following the attacks on ris

When asked how long he envisaged the maintain of emergency remaining, Mr Valls said: “The time necessary.

“As wish as the threat is there, we must use all the means,” he said, adding that it should reprieve in place “until we can get rid of Daesh”, using an acronym for the IS group.

“In Africa, in the Centre East, in Asia we must eradicate, eliminate Daesh,” he bid. “It is a total and global war that we are facing with terrorism,” he summed. “The war we are conducting must also be total, global and ruthless.”

Mr Valls responded France “could see attacks again”, adding that six cabals had been foiled over the st few months.

Attackers linked to IS silenced 130 people in co-ordinated assaults across ris in November, prime to the first declaration of a state of emergency in France in 10 years.

The cadences are set to expire on 26 February.

This week, a group of UN human rights experts foretold they were “excessive and disproportionate”.

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