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The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs approved reports on three pieces of legislation calling for...

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A common European resettlement policy which will help people in need of asylum and prevent lost lives on smuggling routes was adopted today by the...

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New Windhoek Dialogue meeting, Grand Bassam October 2017

“It’s time to reinvest in the EU-Africa relationship. The success of policies and plans adopted at the upcoming African Union-EU Summit...

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The Dublin reform explained In 2015 and 2016, some 2.5 million people reached the EU, escaping the sufferings of life in their home countries. A...

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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.

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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;...

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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...
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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...

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migrants minutes after arriving on Greek island Lesbos. Turkish shore visible in background
11.09.2015 - 11:00

Keep Europe’s door open — but guard it

The migration crisis is not the EU’s fault, but a failure of national egoisms An Op-Ed published by EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber in POLITICO on 10 September 2015 Europe faces an...
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
12.05.2015 - 17:00

Real cooperation on migration is an urgent issue

The Political Committee of the Union for the Mediterranean met in Lisbon for its 11th plenary session of the UfM Parliamentary Assembly. During the meeting, a Recommendation on regional crises and...
Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
12.05.2015 - 16:45

Immigration: more cooperation with Mediterranean countries necessary

At the 11th plenary session of the Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean which took place in Lisbon on 11-12 May 2015, the committee on improving the quality of life, exchanges between civil...

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12.10.2017 - 12:10

EU resettlement: stopping the business of migrant smuggling

A common European resettlement policy which will help people in need of asylum and prevent lost lives on smuggling routes was adopted today by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice...
New Windhoek Dialogue meeting, Grand Bassam October 2017
09.10.2017 - 15:56

There's no development without good governance

“It’s time to reinvest in the EU-Africa relationship. The success of policies and plans adopted at the upcoming African Union-EU Summit will, however, depend on the political will for...
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06.09.2017 - 12:17

EU Court ruling paves the way for common migration policy

"There is now a real chance to heal the open wound in the EU on migration policy," said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, after today's ruling by...

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