While Europe is affected by a migration crisis, seven EU members in the southern part, the “Southern Seven”, of the continent has called for improvements in the EU common migration policy.
The countries said that while they are “firmly committed to a common European policy on migration”, they want the Union to be more responsive to the citizens.
Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain are the members of the bloc. They said that the countries that see the more arrival of migrants would need more support from EU.
They also jointly agreed to strengthen the EU’s external border and tackle human smugglers. The countries also called for addressing the reasons of migration, such as poverty and conflict, in origin countries.