Migration

Turkey

EU and NATO must condemn Erdogan's opportunistic strikes on Kurdish territories

Commenting on the Turkish air strikes on Islamic State and Kurdish territories and in the context of today's NATO meeting, Greens/EFA president Rebecca Harms said: "It is alarming that Turkish president Erdogan is seeking renewed confrontation with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), with his o...


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Distribution key for relocating refugees

A strong signal for more solidarity

The European Parliament’s Civil liberties committee today adopted a report by Green draftsperson Ska Keller on a proposal on the relocation of refugees from Italy and Greece to other Member States based on a binding distribution key. Following the adoption of the report, migration spokesperson of ...


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EU summit/Migration

EU leaders in favour of solidarity as long as they can opt out

Commenting on the outcome of today’s summit of EU heads of state and government on the EU’s response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said:“The message from this summit seems to be that EU leaders support the idea of sol...


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EP Turkey report

EU negotiation process can help strengthen democracy in Turkey

The European Parliament today adopted its annual report on Turkey's progress in the context of the EU accession process. Commenting after the vote, Green foreign policy spokesperson and Turkey expert Bodil Ceballos said: "The EU Parliament has today sent a clear signal on the need for the EU to...


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Beyond Dublin

03.06.2015

Rethinking Europe's Asylum System

What is the alternative to the dysfunctional Dublin system? The Greens/EFA hearing explores new pathways towards a fair asylum system in Europe. Distribution quotas for asylum seekers are not enough. The Dublin system must be replaced by a system in which all Member States share responsibility for asylum seekers and which takes into account ties asylum seekers might already have in a certain Member State.


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EU asylum and migration policy

Quota proposals no panacea for comprehensive solution

The European Commission today presented a proposal for how asylum applications should be handled by EU member states, including a mechanism for the distribution of asylum applications among EU member states. Commenting on the proposals, Green migration spokesperson Bodil Ceballos said: “It is welc...


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 18-21 May 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included financial benchmarks, conflict minerals, the situation in Hungary, European agenda on migration, money laundering, maternity leave, the visit of Rajagopal, leader of the "sans terres" movement, “better regulation” package, the state of nature report.


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Eastern Partnership Summit

EU must support sovereign choices of neighbourhood countries

Commenting on the outcome of today's summit between the EU and its 6 Eastern Partnership countries, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms and Green foreign policy spokesperson Heidi Hautala (1) said: “Now, more than ever, we must work to ensure our partner countries in the East are encouraged to c...


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European Agenda on Migration

Plenary speech by Ska Keller


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European Agenda on Migration

Plenary speech by Judith Sargentini


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Mediterranean migration crisis

Destroying smugglers' boats would be further abdication of responsibility by EU to migrants

EU foreign ministers today agreed to launch a military mission against migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. The Greens hit out at the decision, with migration spokesperson Judith Sargentini stating: “It is cynical of EU governments to propose a military response to what is a refugee crisis. Des...


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Migration

Proposals timid and inconsistent

The European Commission today presented a new package of measures on migration. The proposals do not go far enough, according to Greens/EFA Co-President Rebecca Harms, who said: “The European Commission seems, at least, to have understood that the EU Member States must together face up to their co...


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