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On Friday, Alexander Betts and Paul Collier wrote in Foreign Affairs arguing for the adoption of a sustainable migration policy. They write that while the number of people crossing the Mediterranean into Europe has fallen sharply, there is a crisis of public trust: “European publics believe that migration is out of control and that their leaders have no real plan for handling it.” And European politicians, they say, “have neither the effective policies nor the unifying narrative necessary to regain voters’ trust.”

Betts and Collier argue that “An alternative vision is urgently needed, one that can provide Europeans with a humane, economically sound, and democratically legitimate framework for dealing with the challenge of migration.” In Oslo in June, they launched the ‘Sustainable Migration Framework’ - their proposal for reforming the EU’s asylum and immigration policy. In this article, they outline this framework and its implications for Europe.

Read the article here

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