30 April 2015

In response to the recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, and to the European Council conclusions of 23 April 2015, the European Parliament (EP) has adopted a resolution calling on Member States to make full use of existing possibilities for issuing humanitarian visas and to make greater contributions to existing resettlement programmes.

The EP urges the European Commission to establish a “binding quota” for distributing asylum seekers among all EU countries and calls on Member States to seriously consider whether to trigger the 2001 Temporary Protection Directive or Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union which foresees a solidarity mechanism in the event of mass and sudden inflows of displaced persons.

Furthermore, the EU and its Member States should also expand the area of operation of the Frontex –led operation Triton and to increase its mandate for search and rescue operations at the EU level.

Speaking to the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced that he supports a quota system for redistributing people benefiting from international protection within the EU and that the European Commission will present a redistribution system on 13 May.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has also highlighted the need to expand channels for safe and legal migration on a resolution passed on 23 April.

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This article originally appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 30 April 2015. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.