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    The European Commission is working on proposals regarding legal immigration to the countries of the European Union, the commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The proposal will provide new legal frameworks for immigration to help address the massive flow of undocumented migrants to the bloc.

    "I am relatively confident that we will now reach relatively clear system in Europe, that of course will only function fully if we see solidarity in Europe. This will be accompanied by proposal by the European Commission on legal immigration. We have to make it possible for people to immigrate legally to Europe," Juncker said at the Conference of the Speakers of the European Union Parliaments in Luxembourg.

    According to Juncker, refugees are currently entering through "the European window."

    "I would prefer to control the doors, the gateways in an orderly manner," he stressed.

    Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing their crisis-torn countries of origin, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa, to escape violence and poverty. More than 1.8 million migrants are estimated to have arrived in the European Union in 2015.


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