Multilateral measures are urgently needed to manage the unprecedented numbers of migrants on the move worldwide, and not least to halt migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, MEPs urge in a resolution voted on Wednesday.
The resolution, approved by 333 votes to 310 with 46 abstentions, calls for
Parliament’s co-rapporteur, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), said during the debate in plenary "The humanitarian aid system is completely overrun and hence we need a more lasting and holistic approach, with closer links between humanitarian sphere on one hand and development on the other".
"We should not talk about a migration crisis but rather about a crisis of solidarity within the EU. We can also talk about an institutional crisis, as the EU Council is incapable of meeting its own commitments, about a moral crisis, as we seem more worried about shutting down our borders and encouraging returns rather than addressing the roots causes of the crisis we see", said co-rapporteur Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES) during the plenary debate.
Stop scapegoating refugees and migrants
The resolution also backs the United Nations "Together" campaign to combat negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants.