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In the midst of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, exasperated by the rise of populist movements across Europe and hampered by the security challenges we face as a continent, Europe is up against one of the biggest challenges in its history.

With vast numbers of refugees at our borders, we must make some of our most crucial decisions – how to handle our borders in the short term and reduce the number of refugees in the medium term. And how we do this sets the tone for Europe’s future. We believe the only effective solutions will be European, rather than national ones.

There is no quick fix for migration. We need to look at every single aspect and come up with an all-encompassing plan. Solidarity must be the principle upon which any action on migration is based and integration must be a two-way process. People granted protection must be given all the rights they are entitled to, but at the same time, it is also fair to expect respect for the values upon which our Union is built.

In the long term, greater commitment is needed in solving the geo-political issues that affect the root causes of migration – war, poverty, corruption, hunger and a lack of opportunities means people will still feel forced to flee to Europe unless Europe also looks at how to help rebuild those countries.



Time July 28, 2014 pag.24,25 Mare Nostrum operation, Navy Fremm Bergamini, for the first time in this kind of operation, rescue shipwrecked 2014-06-07 © Massimo Sestini
Any approach to migration must be holistic. Every aspect must be considered as part of an all-encompassing strategy with the principle of concrete solidarity at its centre. In 2014, more than 276 000 irregular migrants arrived in the EU, an increase of 155% compared to the previous year. 3200 lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean last year and more than 1500 since early this year, 700 of whom died in the worst single accident off the Libyan coast. The number of asylum seekers in the EU28 rose to almost 650 000 in 2014;...

Our Achievements

25.02.2014 - 08:30

Clear rules on migration and asylum

Asylum is a fundamental right embedded in the EU Charter and in all constitutions. The EPP Group is deeply committed to the respect and protection of refugees and asylum seekers. During the 2009-2014...
24.02.2014 - 14:45

Strengthening the Schengen external borders

With the strong support of the EPP Group, the control of Europe’s external borders has been tightened and tools to monitor the EU’s external borders and prevent illegal entries have been...


Joint Operation Triton 2015 - Search and Rescue by Belgian navy
14.09.2016 - 15:24

Illegal migrants must be returned

This Thursday, the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to introduce a standardised European travel document for the return of third-country nationals who are currently staying within the...
Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Seek Shelter
26.04.2016 - 15:39

A visit to the Azraq refugee camp in moving images

Our members Ivo Belet, Augustín Díaz de Mera García-Consuegra, Karl-Heinz Florenz and Viviane Reding MEPs visited the Azraq refugee camp, the second-largest refugee camp in...
Situation in the Mediterranean
19.01.2016 - 14:15

Roberta Metsola maps out EU plan on migration

When, last year, we were tasked with preparing a bi-partisan approach to the European Parliament’s response to migration, we knew it would be challenging. We did not know that we would be doing...


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Esteban González Pons MEP
17.06.2016 - 13:11

We back common EU solution to migrant crisis

An EPP Group delegation today concluded a fact-finding mission on the situation of refugees in Greece. Our MEPs met with the Greek authorities and EU representatives working in the area to assess the...
Collection of semiprecious stones and minerals
16.06.2016 - 12:15

Conflict Minerals: shared responsibility approach prevails

After four trilogue rounds on the Conflict Minerals Regulation, the EPP Group notes with satisfaction that the Group’s shared responsibility approach has prevailed during the very difficult and...
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15.06.2016 - 10:34

EU Budget: 2015 surplus should go to refugee Trust Funds

The Budgets Committee will vote today on the Draft Amending Budget 2 (DAB 2/2016) which reduces Member States' contributions to the 2016 EU budget thanks to a €1.3 billion surplus from 2015...



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