Humanitarian visas

07-11-2018

Humanitarian visas are one of the tools that countries can use to enable people in need to access international protection legally and safely. EU law does not currently provide any clear procedures for the admission to the EU of people seeking international protection. This has negative impacts in terms of cost, mutual trust, uniform application of the rules and fundamental rights, to name but a few, and leads to fragmentation in Member States' practices and policies. Parliament is expected to vote in November 2018 on a legislative own-initiative report calling on the Commission to present a separate legislative act establishing a humanitarian visa.

Humanitarian visas are one of the tools that countries can use to enable people in need to access international protection legally and safely. EU law does not currently provide any clear procedures for the admission to the EU of people seeking international protection. This has negative impacts in terms of cost, mutual trust, uniform application of the rules and fundamental rights, to name but a few, and leads to fragmentation in Member States' practices and policies. Parliament is expected to vote in November 2018 on a legislative own-initiative report calling on the Commission to present a separate legislative act establishing a humanitarian visa.