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Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries

Plenary Session Immigration19-01-2017 - 10:03

EU and national authorities should provide emergency aid to help migrants and refugees to cope with freezing temperatures and snow in several parts of Europe, MEPs urged on Wednesday. They also called on EU governments to keep their promises to transfer thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly from Greece, to other countries. (Read more: Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries )

 

Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated"

Others Immigration13-01-2017 - 16:16
A mother and her baby rescued after crossing the sea in search of a safe life ©UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis  

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. (Read more: Refugee crisis: "The scenes of 2015 must not be repeated" )

 

Progress in transferring asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU countries under an intra-EU deal and from third countries to EU territory will be assessed by Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Thursday. They will also discuss the results of the March 2016 deal with Turkey to improve the management of migration and refugee flows. (Read more: Refugees: MEPs to assess progress on transfers among EU countries )

 

Protecting migrant children: Wednesday afternoon debate

Plenary Session Immigration26-10-2016 - 11:00

Migrant children, and especially those travelling alone, are among the most vulnerable people on earth. MEPs will discuss how the EU can guarantee their rights and protection in a debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday afternoon at around 16.00. The consequences of the dismantlement of the Calais “jungle”, where there were several unaccompanied asylum-seekers, are likely to be raised. (Read more: Protecting migrant children: Wednesday afternoon debate )

 

Plenary highlights: Paris agreement, torture and free InterRail for 18-year-olds

Plenary Session Human rights / Immigration / External/international trade / Transport / Environment07-10-2016 - 10:02
 

MEPs formally endorsed the United Nations global climate agreement agreed during last December’s COP21 Conference in Paris during this week's plenary session, clearing the way for its ratification and implementation. They also endorsed a ban on exporting EU products that could be used for torture and the death penalty and approved financial assistance for laid-off workers. In addition they supported the idea of free rail passes for 18-year-olds to help them discover Europe. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Paris agreement, torture and free InterRail for 18-year-olds )

 

“Hell on earth”: MEPs debate Aleppo and role of Russia in Syria conflict

Plenary Session Immigration05-10-2016 - 17:43
picture from Syria  

With the collapse of a US-Russia brokered ceasefire last month, the war in Syria looks as intractable as ever and violence has escalated in the past fortnight. During a plenary debate on Wednesday afternoon several MEPs criticised Russia’s involvement in the conflict with others calling for the EU to play a greater role in resolving the crisis. (Read more: “Hell on earth”: MEPs debate Aleppo and role of Russia in Syria conflict )

 

Calais: MEPs demand solutions for migrants, truck drivers and local people

Plenary Session Immigration04-10-2016 - 20:15

The situation in and around the port town of Calais is untenable for everyone: migrants and asylum seekers living in the informal camps, truck drivers crossing to the British Isles and the local population, said MEPs in a plenary debate on Tuesday. Most urged the EU Commission, France and the UK to work together to find a long-term solution. (Read more: Calais: MEPs demand solutions for migrants, truck drivers and local people )

 
LIBE delegation to Lebanon  

From Syrian refugees on their way to being resettled to Europe to Palestine refugees who have been living in camps for years: members from the civil liberties committee delegation got to speak to many different people during their fact-finding mission to Lebanon on 19-22 September. They were there to assess the situation to help prepare future rules on the resettlement of refugees. They also spoke to representatives of local NGOs and large international organisations. (Read more: Better EU resettlement tools are needed to help Lebanon deal with refugee crisis )

 

With around 1.5 million refugees fleeing to Lebanon since the start of the war in Syria, it is clear that the situation in the country is untenable and that substantial help is needed to avoid a complete breakdown, not only in terms of financial assistance, but also through improved resettlement tools, says Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes, who this week headed a delegation to Beirut. (Read more: MEPs in Lebanon: funding alone not enough, better resettlement tools needed )

 

Refugee resettlement - Civil Liberties MEPs in Lebanon

LIBE Fundamental rights / Immigration / Asylum policy19-09-2016 - 11:11

A 7-strong delegation of Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will be in Lebanon this week to look into the situation of refugees and resettlement. MEPs will visit refugee camps and meet UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, international NGOs and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) staff working with the refugees. They will also meet representatives of the Lebanese Parliament and Minister for Social Affairs Mr Rashed Derbas (tbc). (Read more: Refugee resettlement - Civil Liberties MEPs in Lebanon )