Sunday 23. January 2022

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Migration & Asylum
a welcoming Europe?

- The Facts -

More than one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015 During the past two years, more than 6700 migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean. In 2014, the recognition rate for asylum seekers in Hungary was 9%, while in Bulgaria it was 94%.
Can immigration be managed in a sustainable way without adequate responsibility-sharing between Member States? Can such tragedies in the Mediterranean be prevented more effectively? Should not all seeking refuge in the EU enjoy uniform, fair and dignified treatment?



- What can the EU do? -


The EU has developed a common migration policy laying down the conditions of entry and residence and determining rights and duties of migrants who enter and reside legally in a Member State for purposes of employment, study or family reunification. A common European asylum system should ensure the harmonisation of the national reception standards and grant people fleeing persecution or serious harm in their own country adequate protection across the Union.


EU’s migration and asylum policy is, however, currently being exposed to a stress test. In response to the migrant crisis, the EU has adopted a number of measures, such as resettlement and relocation schemes and establishment of ‘hotspots’ helping to reduce the pressure on the most affected Member States and to ensure effective return and readmission for those who do not qualify for international protection. It is now up to the Member States to implement the measures accordingly.



  • Emergency Relocation Scheme needs to be consequently implemented

  • "Do EU migration and asylum policies always respect the principle of human dignity?"
  • "Can they be regarded as hospitable and welcoming? What should be the guiding principles?"