In light of the influx of migrants in recent years, Parliament’s civil liberties committee has voted in favour of new plans to speed up the assessment of asylum requests in the EU.
EU countries refusing to relocate asylum seekers should have reduced access to EU funds, say MEPs in Parliament’s draft negotiating mandate on new Dublin rules.
With 73% of Europeans wanting the EU to do more on migration according to a new poll, discover what measures the European Parliament is already working on.
World Refugee Day is held every year on 20 June in tribute to the people forced to flee their country due to war, conflicts or poverty.
Over the past few years, the EU has been facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II. Read on to learn more.
Statistics can help in grasping the extent of Europe’s refugee crisis. Discover the latest numbers highlighting various aspects of this unprecedented situation.
The migration crisis has exposed shortcomings in Europe’s asylum system, compelling the EU into action. Learn about Parliament’s response to the crisis.
Faced with an influx of migrants in Europe, MEPs press for a comprehensive and fair asylum system.
The influx of migrants and the security of external borders is a challenge for Europe. Learn more about how Parliament is tackling the situation.
The EU and the European Parliament are working on improving the Common European Asylum System in response to the current refugee crisis. Read on to understand how.
The European asylum system collapsed due to the refugee crisis. A reform of current rules should make it fair and sustainable. Watch our interview with Cecilia Wikström to find out more.
EU countries are able to deal with the influx of asylum applicants thanks to the work of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). Find out more about how this EU agency operates.
The increased migration flows to Europe and the thousands of refugee children currently missing throughout Europe show the limits of the current EU asylum system.
Is it time for a new approach on migration? Italian S&D member Kashetu Kyenge and Maltese EPP member Roberta Metsola are calling for a comprehensive strategy including having binding targets for resettlement in each member state. MEPs debate and vote on their report on Tuesday 12 April from 8.30 CET. The two MEPs also answered questions about migration posed by our fans on Facebook. Watch the video to see what they had to say on issues such as the refugee crisis and the EU-Turkey agreement.
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EU border force Frontex, estimates that the number of people landing on Europe's shores fell by two-thirds in 2016. A drop in arrivals on Greece’s islands contrasts however with record numbers of migrants reaching Italy. With over 5,000 people killed or missing, the UN reports that 2016 was the deadliest year ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. In meetings with Commission, Council and UNHCR representatives on 12 January, civil liberties committee MEPs shared their views on the crisis.
MEPs are working on updating rules to make it easier to attract highly-skilled workers to the EU. Find out more by watching our interview with Claude Moraes.
The influx of irregular migrants continues to pose a challenge to Europe. According to Frontex 13,800 people had to be rescued in the central Mediterranean in the last week of May alone.
A reform of EU migration and asylum policies and procedures needs to include gender-sensitive measures to ensure the safety of women seeking asylum, many of whom travel with young children and other dependents, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday.
A delegation from the women's rights committee visited camps and centres for refugees around Athens on 3-4 November to assess their situation.
This week's EU-Turkey summit which aimed to reach a comprehensive deal on tackling the refugee crisis was debated by MEPs on Wednesday morning. During the keynote debate MEPs stressed that international asylum rules must be respected and also voiced their expectations for next week's EU summit. Some 132,000 people entered Europe by sea in the first two months of this year.
Gülhan was a physics student in Syria when the civil war put paid to her promising future.
“For the benefit of refugees we need to cooperate with Turkey,” EP President Martin Schulz said following a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Monday 7 March. They discussed the refugee crisis, border controls, visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens as well as press freedom in Turkey, ahead of a meeting with the EU heads of state and thwe Turkish government in Brussels to discuss measures to stem the flow of migrants.
Turkey plays a crucial role in the refugee crisis: not only is it hosting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees but also most of the one million migrants who reached the EU last year passed through the country. MEPs have called on EU countries to deliver on the €3 billion refugee facility for Turkey. As the EU searches for the best approach to tackle the crisis, two delegations from the civil liberties and budgets committees travel to Turkey this week to assess the situation on the ground.
With Europe experiencing the largest influx of migrants since World War II, one of the major challenges is how to integrate them into the labour markets.
Schengen, the EU's passport-free travel area, covers 26 countries. Read on to learn which countries are members and who is likely to join next.
The EU military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean is about to enter its next phase. After gathering intelligence and setting up the structure, the operation will now focus on arresting traffickers and disabling smugglers vessel. The details of the operation were discussed by MEPs during a meeting of the security and defence subcommittee on 22 September.
The real divide revealed by today’s migration challenges to the EU is between “pros”, who want to use the EU to solve these challenges, and “antis”, who want to use them to dissolve the EU, argued many MEPs in Tuesday’s debate. Most deplored EU member states’ slowness to deliver on their pledges to pay for more help for refugees, and more manpower to process them at EU borders. The €2.3 bn shortfall is the same as it was two months ago, noted Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
A common response to the current refugee crisis is needed, said Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, during a meeting today with French President François Hollande in Paris. "We should welcome refugees," Schulz stressed ahead of the extraordinary European Council on the refugee crisis taking place in Brussels on Wednesday.