What do we advocate for?
Open more Legal routes !
Because there are almost no possibilities for refugees to seek asylum from Embassies in their country, today refugees have to risk their lives to reach Europe. The result is thousands of dead women, men and children, either in the Mediterranean, or by asphyxiation or fatigue. We need European Embassies to open more legal possibilities for refugees to apply for asylum and come safely to Europe.
Respect international law !
All European countries have subscribed to the Geneva Convention relating to the status of Refugees in 1951. But many measures taken by European governments go against it : putting a cap on the number of asylums granted, or not allowing refugees to seek asylum in Europe but deporting them back to Turkey and other third countries. European countries signed treaties, they have to respect it and accept asylum requests in their countries, and host refugees in a decent way.
Protect women and kids : stop restrictions on family reunification !
European governments are increasingly restricting the right to family reunification for asylum seekers. That means it is becoming very difficult for women and kids to join their husband and father in Europe, so they are now more and more numerous to take the road too. This is creating dramatic situation for women who are facing rapes and prostitutions, and for their kids who are living in dreadful conditions. Family reunification should be facilitated in Europe, it is a matter of safety for women and kids who are now the majority of refugees coming to Europe.
More jobs by hosting and integration policies
Welcoming refugees in big numbers requires an important mobilizations of human and financial resources. But we believe respecting human rights and building a peaceful society is more important than respecting budget targets for a limited amount of time. Investment in hosting and integration programmes should be put forward at the European level. We propose the creation of European multinational task-forces which would have to deal with work regarding registration, education, housing and integration of asylum seekers. We also call for an increased EU funding of NGOs providing first aid to refugees.
For a common and better EU legislation on refugees
Currently the legislation regarding asylum is not the same in all EU countries which creates discrepancies in the way refugees are hosted. We live in a common space, we need common rules to go with it ! In addition, some European legislation is inadequate, namely the Dublin agreements which state that refugees have to apply for asylum in the country where they arrive, which puts countries on the external border under a lot of stress. We need to replace these rules by new ones which would allow refugees to apply for asylum in the country they want to.