The European Parliament on April 5 approved a resolution calling for multilateral measures to manage the unprecedented numbers of migrants on the move worldwide and to halt migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.
The resolution, approved by 333 votes to 310 with 46 abstentions, calls for a “multilateral governance regime” for international migration, based on international cooperation and synergies, as well as more and closer cooperation between EU, UN specialised bodies and development banks, regional organisations and other players. It also calls for a genuine, human rights-based common European migration policy based on the principle of solidarity among member states parliament to be involved in the setting up and implementation of Partnership Frameworks and related “migration compacts” that the EU is currently negotiating with third countries such as Jordan and Lebanon.
According to a European Parliament press release, MEPs denounced the lack of transparency of these deals, which so far have not been debated before adoption, and EU assistance and cooperation to be “tailored to achieving development and growth in third countries”. EU support should “not incentivise third countries to cooperate on readmission of irregular migrants, to forcibly deter people from moving, or to stop flows to Europe”.
During the debate in the plenary, the European Parliament’s co-rapporteur, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), said: “The humanitarian aid system is completely overrun and hence we need a more lasting and holistic approach, with closer links between humanitarian sphere on one hand and development on the other”.
“We should not talk about a migration crisis but rather about a crisis of solidarity within the EU. We can also talk about an institutional crisis, as the EU Council is incapable of meeting its own commitments, about a moral crisis, as we seem more worried about shutting down our borders and encouraging returns rather than addressing the roots causes of the crisis we see,” said co-rapporteur Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES).
The resolution also backs the UN’s “Together” campaign to combat negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants.