Migrants gesture as they approach aboard a coast guard vessel, part of the hundreds that arrived packed on boats, on the southern island of Lampedusa, Italy May 9, 2021.
"The fact that over this weekend, we have witnessed again, arrivals through the central Mediterranean is further proof that ... Europe needs predictable mechanisms to deal with these matters," said Filippo Grandi, Commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Grandi said he agreed with European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson that Europe needs a mechanism that balances "proper arrival arrangements with solidarity through relocation".
"I personally think that this is the least that Europe could put in place", he said.
"We also need ... a good, efficient and fair, right space, but nevertheless fair mechanism of return to their countries of those that are not recognised as refugees."
Mauro Buccarello, Filippo Grandi, Grandi, Home Affairs Ylva Johansson
REUTERS, United Nations, Refugees, European Union, Home Affairs, Thomson
Lampedusa, Italy, Europe