For an alternative policy on migration based on human rights and solidarity
The current refugee and migration crisis cannot be a surprise to anybody of the current decision maker. It was and is created by the on-going interventionist and neoliberal policies. A clear example is the destabilization of the entire Middle East with the assistance of the US, NATO and the EU. Their expansionist policies, in case of the EU – the European Neighbourhood Policy – are forcing millions of people to abandon their countries in search of safety and protection of their lives and the lives of their children and this more and more in Europe.
This is an option that is unfortunately leading on a day-to-day basis to the death and drowning of hundreds of people in the Mediterranean waters and thousands of others to experience inhumane conditions. It is evident that as long as the on-going wars and inhumane policies do not stop, the humanitarian and refugee crisis cannot be tackled effectively and states will be called upon daily to address the consequences of this deadlock situation.
This continuing tragedy once more imposes even more urgently the need for the EU to proceed to a fundamental review of its immigration policy, which must be based on universal values and principles and respect the basic rights of every human being.
My GUE/NGL colleagues and I reject the EU’s repressive approach to immigra¬tion. We believe Europe has a historical duty to develop a compre¬hensive and reasonable migration policy that guarantees human rights. We always opposed to the construction of ‘fortress Europe’ and repeatedly expressed concerns about increased use of EU budget to seal the EU’s external borders, whether through an increased budget for border control in the Internal Security Fund, border surveillance systems like EUROSUR, Smart borders or FRONTEX in general. We are absolutely critical of the approach to the current refugee crisis and the distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’, ‘entitled’ and non-entitled’ or the so-called economic refugees. These are people who flee from long-lasting drought, hunger and poverty, people who also fear for their lives and that of their children – who flee because their life and limbs are at stake. The response should in no way make the existing Fortress Europe even more watertight, nor should it be to militarise migration policy or save-and-rescue missions (EUNAFOR MED).”
More specifically, we demand:
- To open safe and legal access for migrants and asylum-seekers, including the use of humanitarian visas and resettlement for asylum-seekers and to stop any military intervention aiming to target the boats and the smugglers;
- The Abolition and transformation of the FRONTEX mechanism from a Border Guard body into a mechanism for rescuing the lives of immigrants, which includes setting up a massive and robust proactive multinational rescue operation in the Mediterranean, including boats stationed on the high seas;
- Furthermore the increased cooperation with UN actors and member states in full compliance with international law, including on Maritime Search and Rescue, non-refoulement, international protection, fundamental rights, the rights of the child and the right to family life as well as ECHR court judgements;
- The Abolition of the Dublin System which is exacerbating the humanitarian crises and the provision of travel documents to immigrants and refugees to go to their country of destination and the establishment of a common asylum policy on the basis of solidarity, the respect of the value of life and the reversal of the existing international reality characterized by conflicts, wars and poverty
- Provision of legal solutions, such as the strengthening of family reunification, their settlement and relocation, visas for humanitarian reasons, etc. and the creation of dignified temporary accommodation conditions for the refugees based on the standards of the UN and with the financial assistance of the EU;
- Strengthening programs to combat racism and xenophobia, the combating of the phenomenon of the growth of the extreme right and the creation of fascist organizations;
- And to tackle finally the main root causes such as extreme poverty, violent and military conflicts.
The refugee crisis can neither be solved on the Mediterranean Sea, nor is the number of refugees going to decline by fighting (military) smugglers and human trafficker groups. In fact it is not the smuggler which has to “convince” refugees to cross the sea, but hunger, poverty, misery, torture and oppression just outside European borders. Well-sealed borders are practically the basis of the smuggling business. Human traffickers, smugglers and closed borders are side effects of the fortress Europe not the reason why refugees trying to get to Europe.
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