Monday 17 December 2018

EU migration policy and better border checks are key demands over Europe

European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Mark Condren
European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Mark Condren
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Stronger checks on borders and an EU-wide migration policy are key demands of Irish voters, according to a Government report on the future of Europe.

People who took part in the Citizens' Dialogue report also raised fears about the EU's response to the rise of jihadi terror attacks which have resulted in barbaric assaults on European cities.

There were also calls for greater integration of migrants who settled in Europe in recent years.

"While people value freedom of movement, some participants would like better screening at borders and a common EU policy on migration," the report said.

It was the result of public meetings organised by European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Donegal and Meath.

The aim of the project was to get the views of citizens ahead of a potentially unstable period for the EU.

EU regulations were criticised and there were calls for Brussels to make rules more "people friendly".

The report also found Irish people have a "strong attachment" to neutrality but it was "not unquestioning".

Separately, there were concerns over the age of young people who are regularly using social media.

There was strong support for Ireland's corporation tax regime but "unease" about the country's dependence on foreign direct investment.

Irish Independent

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