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Parliamentary questions
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27 January 2016
Question for written answer E-000655-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Bodil Valero (Verts/ALE) , Ska Keller (Verts/ALE) , Jean Lambert (Verts/ALE) , Josep-Maria Terricabras (Verts/ALE) , Jan Philipp Albrecht (Verts/ALE) , Eva Joly (Verts/ALE) , Ulrike Lunacek (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Returning migrants/refugees to war-torn countries
 Answer in writing 

One of the measures the European Agenda on Migration called for was an enhancement of the EU’s return system for irregular migrants. Today, there are large numbers of migrants/refugees in several Member States who have received a final return decision on their asylum application which cannot be enforced by reason of an ongoing armed conflict in their home country (e.g. Palestinians from Gaza). Some of these migrants/refugees have been in the host Member State for more than 10 years.

1. Has the Commission considered proposing legislation which would set a time limit by which Member States would have to grant a residence permit to a person, where the return decision cannot be enforced owing to circumstances beyond that person’s control?

2. How is the Commission planning to deal with this category of migrants/refugees in the framework of the EU’s return policy, especially the EU Action Plan on return presented on 9 September 2015, and future return policies?

3. How will the Commission ensure that such returns undertaken by Member States will comply with international human rights standards, in particular the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and its 1967 protocol, and with the principle of non-refoulement?

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