Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 25

Posts Tagged ‘flows’

Humanitarian visas to avoid deaths and improve management of refugee flows

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

The European Parliament requested on Tuesday that the European Commission tables, by 31 March 2019, a legislative proposal establishing a European Humanitarian Visa, giving access to European territory – exclusively to the member state issuing the visa – for the sole purpose of submitting an application for international protection. The legislative initiative report was backed by 429 MEPs, 194 voted against and 41 abstained.MEPs stress that, despite many announcements and requests for safe and legal pathways for asylum-seekers into Europe, the EU lacks a harmonised framework of protected entry procedures. They underline that, due to insufficient legal options, an estimated 90% of those granted international protection reached the European Union through irregular means.Cut the death toll, combat smuggling and improve use of migration funds. Parliament believes that humanitarian visas would help to address the intolerable death toll in the Mediterranean and on the migration routes to the EU (at least 30 000 persons have died at EU borders since 2000), to combat human smuggling, and to manage arrivals, reception and processing of asylum claims better.The tool should also contribute to optimising member states’ and the EU’s budget for asylum, law enforcement procedures, border control, surveillance and search and rescue activities, MEPs say.They stress, however, that the decision to issue European humanitarian visas should remain the sole competence of the member states.

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MEPs to discuss global strategy for better management of migration and refugee flows

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 febbraio 2018

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, representatives of international organisations (UNHCR, OIM), the European External Action Service and the Bulgarian Presidency as well as members of EU national parliaments, will participate in the debate.The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016, marked the beginning of multilateral negotiations for the adoption of two global compacts on refugees -with the objective of a fairer sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees worldwide- and for safe, orderly and regular migration, aimed at ensuring adequate treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was tasked to develop the practical aspects of the Global Compact on refugees. A final text of the Global Compact on Refugees will be proposed by the High Commissioner for adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2018. Mr Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, will present to the committee the progress achieved so far. The discussions for the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration are conducted through intergovernmental negotiations, chaired by two co-facilitators (Mexico and Switzerland). Both the Mexican and Swiss Ambassadors to the UN, H.E. Juan José Gómez Camacho and H.E. Jürg Lauber, respectively, will attend the meeting. The European Parliament as a whole plans to vote on a resolution on the UN Global Compacts in the March plenary session, in Strasbourg.

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