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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Iraqi refugees: EP delegation visits Syria

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 aprile 2010

The European Parliament Delegation expressed its “appreciation on how Syria has become a shelter for hundreds of thousands of refugees from Iraq”. Furthermore, it underlined “how the country has continued to show genuine hospitality towards the refugees, despite the significant socio-economic challenges which come with hosting them”.Representing the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Juan Fernando López Aguilar (LIBE chairman and Head of delegation, S&D, ES) Rui Tavares (Rapporteur, GUE/NGL, PT) and Georgios Papanikolaou (EPP, EL) conducted the three day mission.Delegation conclusions • Appreciates the hospitality and transparency of the Syrian Authorities in facilitating the Delegation’s access to the refugees, • Had excellent opportunity to gather first hand information necessary to deliver better legislative proposals for EU asylum policy, in particular concerning resettlement, • Will report to other MEPs about the continued need of assistance to refugees, which the EU and its Members States should deliver, • Believes that its testimony will strengthen EU Member States involvement for the improvement of resettlement efforts targeted also at Iraqi refugees, • Believes that the EU’s new legal framework under the Lisbon Treaty will imply a diplomatic shift for the 27 Member States in order to improve the efficiency in finding political solutions to challenges in the Middle East. Trusts that it would be the most efficient way to diminish the suffering of civilians. • Is impressed with the quality and quantity of assistance to refugees provided by the Government of Syria, the UNHCR and the NGOs present in Syria, • Has improved its knowledge as to the possible steps which could be taken to improve the European policy for refugees, which would have a universal and long lasting character, • Resettlement is one of the long-term solutions to help refugees and it can be applied when the return to the home country is not a realistic possibility. Head of delegation Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES)

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