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“The European Council has followed three of the EPP Group’s key demands to stop illegal migration and to control our borders in a better...

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EU trade relations, tackling migration, civil aviation safety

During the latest plenary session, MEPs debated EU trade relations, how to tackle migration and new civil aviation safety rules. The EPP Group...

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Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island

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Giving Schengen databank muscle to secure borders

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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Migration

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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Travel
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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Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
27.04.2015 - 10:00

We need a common European strategy to face the challenges of migration

Without any doubt, migration is one of the most crucial European problems, that challenges not only countries of the European South but the European Union as an entity. However, the countries that...
Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
20.04.2015 - 19:00

#TimeForAction on migration

The boat tragedy in the Mediterranean over the weekend has shown us yet again just how crucial it is for Europe to take a concrete stand on migration and move on from tweeted condolences and empty...
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
27.02.2015 - 10:45

Rethinking asylum

“We are witnessing a humanitarian disaster of the highest proportions.” This is how Peter Sutherland, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International...

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Sebastian Kurz
03.07.2018 - 15:36

Controlling external borders & stopping illegal migration

“The European Council has followed three of the EPP Group’s key demands to stop illegal migration and to control our borders in a better way: giving more means and 10,000 additional...
Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
25.04.2018 - 12:01

Clear asylum rules guarantee protection for those in need

The common procedure for granting asylum in the European Union - voted upon today in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee - is a step forward to ensure a fair and efficient asylum...
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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...

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