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Speech by Stefan Löfven at the Valletta summit on migration

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11 November, Valletta, Malta.

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Mr President, esteemed colleagues. I speak as the leader of a migrating country.

Many Swedes spend part of their lives outside Sweden, many young people see the world as their working place, and half of all graduated economy students have studied abroad. People travel and move all over the world.And they come back home again, bringing new ideas, new contacts and business opportunities. That’s why we should facilitate circular migration, and lower the cost of remittances. That’s why regular migration is key. And that’s why migration can be one of the strongest imperatives for development.

I thank you all for being here today to decide a path forward for that imperative to be shared by Europeans and Africans alike.

The current global refugee crisis is a long way from this positive vision of migration. People are fleeing for their lives, and a great many lives are being lost at sea.

The right to seek asylum is a cornerstone of international law, but the refugee situation in several countries in Europe is becoming unsustainable.

This includes my own country. 10 000 people seek asylum every week in Sweden.That would correspond to half a million people seeking in asylum in the EU on a weekly basis.This has put us under severe pressure, and we are reaching our maximum capacity for migration. This is not a sustainable situation.

And even though this is a great challenge for many European countries, the challenge is even greater for many African countries. We are seeing people put their lives in the hands of smugglers, who do not always place great value on a human life.

You are losing your young and your educated, those who should be building your societies for the future.That’s why we’re all in this together. That’s why our cooperation is so crucial.   We can only fight the root causes of the migration crisis together.We need cooperation that creates greater opportunities for studies, secures decent work and shared prosperity in all parts of Africa, and brings hope to the young.

Therefore, Sweden will be a founding and contributing member of the EU Emergency Trust Fund, as a part of our long lasting development partnership with the entire region.

We need cooperation that enhances capacity-building, protects children in mixed migration flows and reaps the positive economic rewards of migration.

And in order to achieve this, a credible policy on irregular migration and return is a must, because return arrangements and readmissions agreements remain necessary parts of a functioning migration system.

In short: We need cooperation for a migration that is both sustainable and safe – and out of free choice, not forced choice.

The path towards that goal is a long one. But this makes the steps we take today even more important. So let our work not merely result in words on paper, but also constructive action for many days to come.

Thank you.

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