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Parliamentary questions
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18 December 2018
Question for written answer P-006352-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jean Lambert (Verts/ALE) , Claude Moraes (S&D)

 Subject:  Hotspots, proposed ‘controlled centres’ and upholding EU asylum law
 Answer in writing 

Last month, 20 human rights organisations called for the 12 500 asylum-seekers who are still living in tents and containers on the Aegean Islands to be relocated to a safe place ahead of the winter.

This followed warnings from groups including the International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières and Refugee Rights Europe, whose research found the Moria hotspot to be in a state of emergency. The individuals and families trapped there face an increased risk of violence and sexual assault. A large number have developed psychological problems, with many turning to self-harm and attempted suicide.

It is clear that the current approach has led to a situation whereby individuals in Europe are having their rights violated. This raises grave concerns that the proposed ‘controlled centres’ could simply replicate such suffering.

What actions is the Commission taking to ensure that asylum-seekers are provided with adequate reception conditions across the EU, including safe accommodation, healthcare, water, food, sanitation, education, and protection against violence?

Does it still intend to go ahead with the controlled centres?

Given the current situation in the hotspots, how will it guarantee that these centres will provide adequate reception conditions and not result in people being indefinitely detained, and that the faster procedures in the centres will allow for a proper examination of asylum claims and not lead to an arbitrary selection process?

Last updated: 7 January 2019Legal notice