EU must do more to help Syrian refugees, MEPs say
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.