On April 12th, A large majority of the EP voted in favour of the Report on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration (Metsola EPP, Malta; Kyenge S&D, Italy). In this non-binding resolution, MEPs acknowledged the failure of the EU asylum system to cope with ever-rising numbers of migrant arrivals and called for a radical overhaul of the so-called Dublin rules.
MEP Kyenge outlined the content and the aspiration of the text during a conference with Italian civil society at Università Cattolica of Milan, entitled “EU and migrations – a holistic approach” (18/04), organized by Ismu Foundation in collaboration with ISPI. As listed by Kyenge, the report calls for:
– Promoting solidarity among EU Member states, namely in resettlement, and the revision of the Dublin Regulation; – Ensuring search and rescue operations;
– Issuing humanitarian visas and implementing return operations;
– Working towards the integration of asylum seekers;
– Agreeing on a common list of safe countries of origin;
– Addressing root causes and work in cooperation with third countries;
– Maintaining the Schengen agreement (internal borders) and establishing the European Border and Coast Guard replacing Frontex (external borders);
– Promoting legal migration channels through family reunification, legal labour migration and the revision of the Blue Card.
Go to the Report