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Despite the comprehensive and agreeable rhetoric of the EU Agenda on Migration, the discrepancy in national implementation processes is perilously damaging both the chances of success of such policy and the very same European project. Migration is indeed a controversial issue and it lends itself to both easy manipulation and vicious narratives. However, the European Union was built on the respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and on the respect for human rights. And it is these values that the Union should uphold when confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges. A proactive, and not merely reactive, migration policy should be implemented, also by taking the lead in promoting multilateral cooperation to tackle this issue. Protection has to be the focus of any response, rather than securitization to the detriment of human rights and the integrity of a democratic society. How does the Union justify the hotspot approach and the absence of an effective relocation system when both measures have been deemed failures by the vast majority of experts and observers? Why are best practices hardly collected and shared? There is more than can and should be done and the European Union could become a leader in the global debate.