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No EU solidarity funds for member states refusing asylum-seekers, says lead MEP

LIBE Immigration / Asylum policy08-03-2017 - 12:27
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All EU countries must share responsibility for hosting asylum seekers arriving in Europe. So it follows those that refuse to do so should not get solidarity funding from other EU member states, Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), lead MEP on the reform the Dublin asylum system told the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. (Read more: No EU solidarity funds for member states refusing asylum-seekers, says lead MEP )

 

Fair and sustainable: reforming the EU's asylum system

Plenary Session Immigration07-03-2017 - 11:00
 

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. Swedish ALDE member Cecilia Wikström presents her report on the reform of the Dublin regulation, which clarifies which EU country is responsible for processing asylum seekers, to the civil liberties committee on 9 March. Today she will outline her main proposals during a press conference starting at 11 CET. (Read more: Fair and sustainable: reforming the EU's asylum system )

 

Reform of the EU asylum rules - creating a new Dublin system that works

Immigration / Asylum policy06-03-2017 - 16:16

On 9 March 2017, Parliament’s lead MEP on the reform of the Dublin system, Swedish liberal Cecilia Wikström, will present her draft report to the Civil Liberties Committee. (Read more: Reform of the EU asylum rules - creating a new Dublin system that works )

 

Missing refugee children: MEPs call for better protection

Plenary Session Human rights / Fundamental rights / Immigration01-03-2017 - 19:45
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MEPs called for safe environments for unaccompanied refugee children, including immediate appointment of guardians, hotlines and increased cross-border cooperation, in Wednesday’s debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on the disappearance of migrant children in Europe. (Read more: Missing refugee children: MEPs call for better protection )

 

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
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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. (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
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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 )