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The civil society group "Welcome" warned on Sunday that the EU's security-oriented approach to the problem of refugees and large-scale migrations causes unjustified and counterproductive criminalisation of migrations, thus contributing to increased risks of travel and strengthening smuggling networks, and it called for greater political and social responsibility in finding solutions to such challenges.

The civil society group brings together individuals and civil society groups actively helping refugees on the ground and seeking to exert political pressure on Croatian and EU institutions with the aim of changing restrictive migration policies.

The conference on migrations to be held in Malta on November 11-12 is just one in a number of meetings aimed at establishing efficient cooperation between specific African and European countries to control the influx of unwanted migrants into the EU territory, the group said in a statement.

It went on to say that this was why it expected the conference's participants to show a high level of political and moral responsibility with regard to decisions to be adopted as they concern the lives of thousands of people.

The group expects support and cooperation rather than condition-setting from decision-makers who are to attend the conference in a joint bid to find long-term solutions for all people who have left their homes and ensure alternatives to migration in migrants' countries of origin by contributing to the development of those societies, improving the quality of life in them and preventing conflicts.

The civil society group "Welcome" also calls for ensuring access to fair asylum systems in every country-signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention as well as for compliance with the generally binding principle of non-refoulement as an integral part of international customary law, and for ensuring safe routes and access to EU territory as a way of reducing the number of fatalities and preventing the violation of migrants' rights.

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