MEPs debate US travel ban

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People gather for a protest at the Arrivals Hall of San Francisco's SFO International Airport after people arriving from Muslim-majority countries were held at the border control as a result of the new executive order by US President Donald Trump in San Francisco, California, USA, 28 January 2017.

MEPs debate US travel ban


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The European Parliament scheduled on February 1 to debate the controversial US administration’s ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority states entering the country.

On January 31, MEPs on the committee for development and foreign affairs warned that the US ban could “seriously undermine current global efforts towards a fair international sharing of responsibilities for refugees”.

According to a joint resolution voted on January 31, the US decision “fuels anti-immigration and xenophobic discourses”.

In the resolution approved by 43 votes to 16, with 9 abstentions, MEPs also criticised the new deals (called Partnership Framework or migration compact) that the EU is currently negotiating with third countries to help them manage migration flows.

“EU assistance and cooperation must be unconditional” and should “not incentivise third countries to cooperate on readmission of irregular migrants, to forcibly deter people from moving, or to stop flows to Europe,” said MEPs.

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