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Orbán: North African economic migrants must be kept home

He suggests using Marshall Plan of assistance to keep them away

Europe must accept political refugees from North Africa, but economic migrants must be kept home, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said.

Addressing the European People’s Party conference in Palermo, Italy on 4th May, Mr. Orbán called for a new Marshall Plan of assistance to North African countries as an effective way of keeping Africans in their countries.
 

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Google announces winners of Zeitgeist Young Minds Competition

Judges chose 12 extremely amazing and inspirational young people

Google is gearing up for its annual Zeitgeist event this month and is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Zeitgeist Young Minds competition.

The aim of the competition was to find the pioneers, change-makers and leaders of tomorrow who will take their place alongside the greatest minds and innovators of today at Zeitgeist 2011, including the world-renowned physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking.

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Way Italy and France handled North African migrants condemned

ALDE: France-Italy border row a shameful ping-pong that puts at risk the free movement of people

Liberal and Democrats have rejected calls to revise the Schengen rules and condemned the way Italy and France dealt with immigrants from North Africa.

Responding to the European Commission's communication on forging a more sustainable migration policy, the MEPs cautioned against any knee-jerk reaction which failed to address the underlying causes yet put at risk the important achievement of border free movement in Europe.

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MEPs: Don't use immigrants as a pretext to undermine Schengen

The EP's Civil Liberties Committee says that the Schengen system should not be changed

Using immigrants as a pretext to undermine the Schengen agreement's removal of EU internal border checks is "unacceptable", European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar has said.
 

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Border controls in Schengen area may be allowed

European Commission proposes better management of migration to the EU

The European Commission has proposed re-introduction of a mechanism allowing for temporary and very limited border checks between EU Member States.

Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs said that recent events in North Africa triggered concerns about the functioning of the Schengen system. “The free movement of people across European borders is a major achievement which must not be reversed, but rather strengthened. That is why the Commission has already proposed a better evaluation mechanism to ensure that the external borders are effectively controlled. To safeguard the stability of the Schengen area, it may also be necessary to foresee the temporary re-introduction of limited internal border controls under very exceptional circumstances, such as where a part of the external border comes under heavy unexpected pressure," Commissioner Malmström said.
 

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