EU’s post-2014 migration and asylum policy
In a recent statement, the European NGO Platform on Asylum and Migration (EPAM), of which Pax Christi International is a member, sets out key priorities and recommendations for the future of the European migration and asylum policy, which will succeed the current Stockholm Programme at the end of 2014, and calls upon all actors involved to work for the creation of an open and inclusive Europe.
Some of the key priorities and recommendations put forward by EPAM include:
- Better monitoring and effective implementation of the EU asylum and migration acquis;
- Further development of EU migration and asylum policies in dialogue with all stakeholders, including civil society organisations;
- Policy making based on existing data and evidence;
- Border management policies and measures that do not infringe upon migrants’ human rights;
- Migration partnerships with third countries that ensure respect for migrants’ rights and create sufficient channels for regular migration to Europe;
- Alternatives to detention that ensure compliance with human rights standards;
- Return policies that prioritise assisted voluntary return and reintegration and, where enforced return appears necessary, ensuring that this is carried out in a safe, dignified and sustainable manner in line with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights;
- Improvement of Member States’ channels for labour migration to Europe for migrants with different skills levels, and effective implementation of existing directives at national level;
- Access to services – including health care, housing, education and justice – guaranteed for all migrants, regardless of their residence status;
- Proper implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
- Enhancement of international protection and sharing of responsibility to provide protection;
- Proper implementation and application of anti-trafficking legislation – with focus on victim-centred and gender sensitive provisions;
- Protection of migrants victims of violence regardless of their residence status;
- Provision of right to rehabilitation to survivors of torture at every stage of an asylum and migration procedure, from arrival to integration in the country of destination.
To access the EPAM statement in full length, click here.