Welcoming the European Commission's new proposals to deal with the unprecedented influx of migrants and refugees, MEPs declared themselves ready to work on draft laws to set up a solid migration and asylum policy for the future in a resolution voted on Thursday.
Citizens showing true adherence to European values
Parliament praises the efforts of civil society groups and individuals all over Europe who are mobilising in large numbers to welcome and provide aid to refugees and migrants. "Such actions demonstrate true adherence to European values and are a sign of hope for the future of Europe", MEPs say.
The resolution was approved by 432 votes to 142, with 57 abstentions.
Procedure: non-binding resolution
The main countries of origin of asylum seekers in 2015 are Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Iraq, according to Frontex data
The vast majority of people fleeing these countries to Europe are granted protection, according to Eurostat