The United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi (R) next to director of the Tripoli branch of the Illegal Immigration Authority, Colonel Mohammed Beshr. (TRT World and Agencies)

United Nations refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi called on the European Union (EU) on Friday to “find a new and united approach” to migration and asylum, saying it was achievable.

Grandi, in a statement issued ahead of an EU summit at the end of next week, said that guarantees were needed so that people in distress at sea are rescued and taken ashore in a predictable way. Europe is no longer caught in the crux of a large Mediterranean migrant influx, as in 2015, he said.

“Today I am urging European states to seize this opportunity to find a new and united approach that answers the shared needs of all countries to be able to manage their borders and their migration policies, in a way that simultaneously upholds the European and international asylum standards that emerged from the Second World War,” he said.