Friday, 6 December 2013

Brussels is considering a dramatic overhaul of EU asylum policy to allow people in conflict zones to apply for refugee status from outside Europe in an effort to prevent tragedies such as the drowning of hundreds of migrants off the Italian coast in October.

...Allowing migrants to seek asylum from outside the EU would be a shift in the EU’s existing policy, which forces them to undertake often perilous trips to reach European soil before giving them the right to apply for refugee status.

...Refugees’ rights advocates welcomed the commission’s change in stance. Some argued that it represented a concrete measure for European leaders to translate promises of help into action in the aftermath of the Lampedusa tragedy, in which more than 360 migrants died after their ship sank.

“Allowing a legal route will help refugees and will play an important role in ending the smuggling of people,” said Michael Diedring, secretary-general of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles.

...“Two months ago the tragedy in Lampedusa triggered a very wide and emotional reaction across Europe – a chorus of voices calling for actions to avoid such disasters in the future,” said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

“I call on member states to make full use of this unique opportunity to show that the EU is built on solidarity and concrete support. Now is the time to act.”
Source: Financial Times


Roni said...

EU plans give us steadily more and more reasons why this Brussels nightmare has come to an end as soon as possible. No country can be led by an organisation that is meant to harm it in the name of fake ideology. Enough is enough.

Anonymous said...

UKIP can use this to win by a landslide in Great Britian and I hope like hell they do. Question for the maintainer of this website: How can I identify myself as Thomas the Catholic? Is there a formal way to do this in the "comment as:" section?

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