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EU must do more to help Syrian refugees, MEPs say

Asylum policy / External relations - 13-12-2012 - 11:41
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The European Union should live up to its Nobel Peace Prize by showing solidarity to Syrian asylum seekers needing protection, MEPs said in a debate with Commissioner Malmström and the Council Presidency on Wednesday evening.

Besides supplying humanitarian aid, the EU should help to set up a regional protection programme, said MEPs in the debate.


No EU member state should be left alone to cope with a possible influx of asylum seekers, MEPs stressed, recalling what happened in Lampedusa during the Arab Spring.


The EU is currently taking in only 4% of the asylum seekers fleeing Syria, MEPs noted. Most are staying in Syria's neighbour countries. The majority of Syrians seeking asylum in Europe are currently in Germany and Sweden.


A recording of the debate is available at the link to the right.

 
REF.: 20121207IPR04421