This day is a strong reminder of the responsibility we carry towards those who chose to face the challenges of up-rooting – often in the face of conflict and poverty – and struggling for survival in the hope of building up a new life elsewhere.
Migration is a multifaceted phenomenon. We must address the root causes of migration, such as economic and political instability, human rights abuses, insecurity, unemployment, humanitarian crises or natural disasters.
It is also important to celebrate the positive effects of migration. Migrants often make an enormous economic and cultural contribution in the countries that receive them.
A well-managed migration can boost the economy of many countries of origin in particular through remittances payments as well as respond to the challenges of EU's ageing societies and need for qualified people in a post crisis recovery period.
The EU is well placed to address the challenges of migration with the countries of origin and transit in order to enhance the management of legal migration, combat illegal migration and foster the capacity for the provision of asylum. The EU is ready and willing to do so with full respect of the principles of human rights and dignity.