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Declaration by the President of the European Council

Migration is a European challenge that requires a European response. Irregular migration needs to be immediately addressed in a determined manner. We will not allow smugglers to decide who enters the EU. We will continue to effectively and speedily implement all our decisions. We will pursue a comprehensive approach to migration which combines increased external action, mutually beneficial comprehensive partnerships with countries of origin and transit, addressing the root causes of migration, opportunities for legal migration, more effective protection of EU external borders, resolutely fighting organised crime, human trafficking and smuggling, instrumentalisation of migration as a hybrid threat, stepping up returns, and internal aspects, in compliance with international law, EU principles and values, and the protection of fundamental rights.

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