EP Urges Member States to Guarantee Safe Entry for Refugees
The EU and its member states should guarantee Syrian refugees safe entry to the EU and access to fair asylum procedures, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee said in a resolution voted on Thursday.
The resolution calls on the EU to go on providing humanitarian aid and support and urges Syria’s neighboring countries to keep their borders open. Over 2 million refugees, 76% of whom are women and children, have now fled Syria, the MEPs remind.
MEPs stress “the importance at this stage of the situation to explore concretely whether, how and when member states could do more to reinforce their protection response to Syria”.
Member states should explore all existing EU laws and procedures for means to give Syrians fleeing their country safe entry and temporary admission to the EU, say MEPs.
Syrians seeking international protection should have “access to fair and efficient asylum procedures”, say MEPs, reiterating the need for more solidarity with member states facing particular pressure to receive refugees.
EU countries are encouraged to make full use of money to be made available from the Asylum and Migration Fund and the Preparatory Action to "Enable the resettlement of refugees during emergency situations".
The resolution encourages EU countries “to address acute needs through resettlement”, in addition to existing national quotas and through humanitarian admission.
The possible influx of refugees into EU member states requires “responsible measures“, say MEPs, who call on them and the EU Commission to work on contingency planning, including the possibility of applying the Temporary Protection Directive, “if and when conditions demand it”.
Under this 2001 directive, which so far has never been triggered, refugees would be granted a residence permit for the entire duration of the protection period, as well as access to employment and accommodation.
The EU should convene a humanitarian conference on the Syrian refugee crisis, giving priority to helping host countries in the region (in particular Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq) in their efforts to host ever-growing refugee populations and keep their borders open to all Syrian refugees, MEPs say.
This conference should focus on humanitarian efforts and on strengthening the EU's role and involvement in the diplomatic efforts to help end the conflict in Syria, adds the text.
The resolution will be voted by Parliament as a whole in Strasbourg next week, winding up a debate with the Council and Commission on EU and member state measures to tackle the flow of refugees from Syria.
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They don't resettle into the Arab or Muslim friendly countries because they don't really want them and there is no social security and benefits. Look how rich those oil countries are but they aren't exactly doing anything to help are they. And look at Turkey, the refugee centres there are tent cities. Look at the refugees that fly into Indonesia and stay there short term to get processed, don't like the living conditions, then they risk their lives and their children's lives to get on a leaky boat to Australia. Look at the other boat people that do the same over the Mediterranean Sea. It is only the western countries that are looking after these people. The fellow Muslim brotherhoods couldn't care less.
Many EU countries suffer financial hardship themselves and cannot afford to provide better conditions for refugees than many of their own citizens have. What I do not understand is why these refugees do not seek asylum in Arab countries where they will feel more at home in the culture, instead of making their way into Europe and then seeking to change the European culture to suit them