EU to assist in tackling unlawful immigration by 2020

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The EU plans to send 10,000 more border guards to tackle unlawful immigration by 2020.

In his annual state of the union address, European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker committed to further develop the European Asylum Agency to offer more support to member states processing asylum seekers.

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President, Jean-Claude Juncker called for more solidarity, rather than ad-hoc solutions for people on migrant ships.

His speech also tackled the region’s other burning issues including populism, terrorism and Brexit.

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He proposed a new Africa-Europe alliance, based on co-operation rather than charity, leading to a continent-to-continent free trade agreement.

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He recommended that the euro be used more strategically as the biggest currency after the dollar.

He also made a notably controversial proposal to abolish EU member countries’ vetoes on certain tax and foreign policy issues, a move that is likely to be pounced on by critics of the EU who accuse it of being an undemocratic institution.

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As well as the increased border guards, he committed to further developing the European Asylum Agency to offer more support to member states processing asylum seekers.

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