In many countries across the globe increasing social injustice, wars, political persecution, famine, global warming and economic distress have caused an increasing number of people to undertake long and hazardous journeys in order to seek protection and a better future for themselves and their families.
There is no doubt that we need an urgent remedy for the causes of forced migration – first and foremost for the sake of those people still living in unbearable conditions. Likewise, action must be taken for those who have already fled or are preparing to do so. The following PES activists initiative aims to support those in imminent need.
Every year thousands of people still pay with their lives particularly for the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. Once they arrive in countries such as Greece or Italy, these people are placed in so called “hot spots” under untenable and catastrophic conditions. The countries on the external borders of the EU are left to handle this situation alone. The measures taken by the EU to address the refugee crisis have failed. Therefore, the necessity of increased solidarity within the EU is apparent.
That is why we, the PES activists, request the executive committee of the Party of European Socialists to resolve the following position regarding EU refugee policy and to take action to assure that this position is also represented by the PES members of the European Council and the European Parliament:
Safe and legal access to the EU:
- We demand the creation of save and legal entry channels to the EU either by humanitarian visa or by controlled, rapid and transparent entry procedures. Asylum appeals procedures should be facilitated for every single refugee along his or her exodus route irrespective of their location (either within or outside the EU). Also, it should be possible to apply for asylum, for example in embassies or UNHCR centres.
Improvement of the situation in the “hot spots”:
- In accordance with the Geneva Convention on Refugees (Non-Refoulement-Principle), we oppose claims to send back refugees who are picked up in the Mediterranean Sea to reception camps outside the EU.
- For humane accommodation, medical care and the fulfilment of basic human needs, we demand an improvement of the humanitarian situation in the existing hot spots. Moreover, we demand compliance with the constitutional procedural principles during the asylum appeals process.
- For the asylum appeals process competent local personnel are to be involved. By providing the appropriate resources the EU must ensure appropriate training and employment of local personnel.
For a fair division of responsibility in Europe:
- We demand the immediate and practical implementation of the distribution mechanism between the EU member states that has been agreed by the EU.
- Additionally, we demand the establishment of an EU fund that member states which are willing to host additional refugees from Greece and Italy can apply for.
- Furthermore, this fund should also be accessible for communes throughout the EU which are willing to grant sanctuary to refugees on their own initiative. Municipalities that are willing to voluntarily receive and integrate refugees should not only be reimbursed for the costs incurred but also receive means which can be used for the improvement of local infrastructure (schools, administration, promotion of local trade). After all, municipalities take on the main role of integration anyway. By way of a positive system of incentives new opportunities of action will be opened for them.
- For this purpose, a new European financing base should be created. Sources of funding could include non-retrieved EU budgets and also, where appropriate, European bonds.
- Additionally, communes should also be allowed to propose their own integrated suggestions for the intake and integration of refugees. The evaluation of these measures should follow a governance-trialogue approach in which, besides the communes, employers, employees’ representatives and civil society organisations (NGO’s, churches, etc.) are integrated.
On one hand, this method of involvement of the communes and, on the other hand, direct retrieval of funds for both the accommodation of refugees and local investment will bring the EU closer to citizens as well as strengthening the human rights-oriented cohesion of the EU.
Additionally, this initiative will help EU states to comply with their promises from September 2015. The commitment of the communes to voluntarily receive refugees will enable a new positive dynamic at grassroots level.
PES activists city group Berlin
PES Activists Initiative: EU ASYLUM POLICY – PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTSRead the petition
|161||Ms Paula S.||Spain||PSOE||Jan 29, 2018|
|160||Mr David N.||Austria||SPÖ||Jan 09, 2018|
|159||Ms ANDREA S.||Österreich||WIEN||Jan 07, 2018|
|158||Ms christine k.||Austria||Jan 03, 2018|
|157||Mr Martin M.||Austria||SPÖ||Jan 03, 2018|
|156||Mr Anton S.||Germany||SPD||Dec 16, 2017|
|155||Mr Laurin B.||Germany||Berlin||Dec 01, 2017|
|154||Ms Tara H.||Germany||SPD||Dec 01, 2017|
|153||Mr Koen M.||Netherlands||PvdA||Nov 14, 2017|
|152||Mr Lennart B.||Netherlands||PvdA||Nov 14, 2017|
|151||Ms BRUNO J.||Belgium||PS||Nov 13, 2017|
|150||Mr Yohan C.||France||PS||Nov 13, 2017|
|149||Mr Edmond A.||France||PS||Nov 13, 2017|
|148||Mr Simone B.||Italy||PD||Nov 11, 2017|
|147||Ms Akvilė R.||Lithuania||LSDP||Nov 10, 2017|
|146||Ms Nikolett F.||Hungary||MSZP||Nov 10, 2017|
|145||Ms Eszter S.||Hungary||MSZP||Nov 10, 2017|
|144||Miss Leah R.||United Kingdom||SDLP||Nov 09, 2017|
|143||Ms Julia G.||Denmark||SPD||Nov 06, 2017|
|142||Ms Emilie M.||Deutschland||SPD||Nov 06, 2017|
|141||Ms Jean GAÊTAN N.||Italy||PS||Oct 30, 2017|
|140||Mr Thomas G.||France||PS Paris Section 13ème Ouest (prochainement à la section PS de Vienne - Autriche)||Oct 29, 2017|
|139||Mr Sylvain B.||United States||PS||Oct 28, 2017|
|138||Mrs ZEBIR F.||France||Oct 27, 2017|
|137||Ms Natalie B.||Germany||SPD||Oct 27, 2017|
|136||Mr René M.||Italy||PS||Oct 26, 2017|
|135||Mrs Denise N.||Germany||SPD||Oct 26, 2017|
|134||Ms Alexandre N.||Italy||PS||Oct 26, 2017|
|133||Mr theo c.||france||PS||Oct 26, 2017|
|132||Mr Emanuel W.||Switzerland/Germany||Parti Socialiste Suisse||Oct 25, 2017|
|131||Ms María P.||austria||Spoe, ps||Oct 25, 2017|
|130||Ms José R.||Portugal||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|129||Ms Marine B.||France||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|128||Mrs Bernadette H.||Ethiopie||Oct 25, 2017|
|127||Mr Robert C.||France||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|126||Ms florence b.||France||ps||Oct 25, 2017|
|125||Mr Samy A.||France||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|124||Mr Alexis L.||France||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|123||Ms Claudine L.||France||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|122||Ms Agnès L.||France||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|121||Mr Jens V.||Germany||SPD||Oct 25, 2017|
|120||Ms Stephane M.||Norway||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|119||Mr Nathan d.||Netherlands||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|118||Mr Nico D.||Belgium||SPA||Oct 25, 2017|
|117||Mrs Marie-Rose K.||Turkey||PS||Oct 25, 2017|
|116||Mr Gabriel R.||Belgium||PS, SPD, PD||Oct 25, 2017|
|115||Ina K.||Deutschland||SPD||Oct 22, 2017|
|114||Oliver R.||Germany||SDP||Oct 21, 2017|
|113||friedrich o.j. r.||deutschland||sozialdemokratische partei deuschlands, spd||Oct 20, 2017|
|112||Ursula S.||Germany||Berlin||Oct 20, 2017|