In today’s globalised and interdependent world no state can effectively manage migration alone. The need for more international cooperation and international agreements on managing migration is bigger than ever. In this respect, we deplore that the Trump administration has pulled out of the United Nations’ ambitious plan to create a more humane and comprehensive global strategy on migration. Showing true solidarity not only between EU countries but also between wealthy nations is key to managing migration. Multilateral measures are urgently needed to manage the unprecedented numbers of migrants on the move worldwide. Together, we stand for:
We know how challenging and difficult an integration process can be for refugees and for immigrants seeking better opportunities. However it’s our responsibility to make this process as easy as possible for them. With more work and effort from the governments we can spread more the immigrants throughout the countries in onder to integrate them to local customs and values instead of building camps and pretending that the problem was solved while nowadays many European cities are suffering from the low birth rate as the years pass, resulting in empty houses and even in the death of entire towns and villages. It’s our time to kill two birds with one stone and help immigrants to build a better and safer life and to help our towns to grow again with the help of our strong and brave brothers.
I think we all agree on one – that everybody who comes to Europe should find a safe harbour in here. However we should not end on that. The migration crisis stopped but it might happen again. We need to help the developin countries to finally “spread the wings”, create their own strong economies – it is not a dream, this all might happen with just a little help from us – the EU. The European Comission came with an idea called the “Juncker plan” – that’s great but it is not enough. In my opinion the european community should finally look deeper into the matter of corporate exploatation of developing countries (as the tittle says). The thing is that big brands/comanies like Apple, H&M are getting benefits from people in Africa, Asia, South Africa. In 2012 the 150 workers of Foxconn – the huge electronics company whcich products electronics for Apple, Intel etc. – thretaned to commit the massive suicide if the wroking conditions do not improve. In 2012 one worker commited suicide and in 2013 the three workes jumped out of the window. After that every window in a factory was secured by the net wchich would prevent the further suicides. That’s why the EU should make it clear that all products which are going to be sell on our teritorry come from reliable source where the working conditions are fulfilling at least minimal standards. There should be a special labour agency wchich would monitor the factories outside the EU by unexpected visitations a few times per year. The agency should also check if the employees get the fair salary for their work. I know that it sounds complicated but it would be a huge, amazing step in our fight for social justice in Europe. This would also make the competition between companies fair because small, righteous, entrepreneurs would have the same chances as big companies who are using those who are desperate.
Many insist that countries each need to take their own share of responsibility that Burden Sharing is a must. Even so, time and again we have seen countries fall short in this! Countires, which may be considered to have been vastly influential into the very cause of this migration crisis. A crisis which keeps on seeing lives being lost at sea and some in between borders. It is thus because of this that the Union, along with other partner countries need to come together now more than ever before; to meet and find a solution. A solution that goes away from a “money talks” mentality and into one that really seeks to be proactive in listening to the effected youth, the vulnerable people and those who unfortunately risk their lives to find a better future. We need to prove that as a Union we are better than the U.S and its current position. We must prove that the fundamental values upon which the Union was built still stand true today, values we still try to uphold at the best of our ability. The EU is the strongest advocate in this, we have partnerships and action plans ready to help sustain various Countries of Origin from which migrants come from and accordingly we must in good conscience keep on aiming to improve our strategies for a more cooperative Partnership Framework. We are seeing progress on part of the European Union, however more is yet to be desired. In the words of HRVP Mogherini “our common work under the Partnership Framework has brought tangible progress. We will keep on working to increase cooperation with our African partners, to ensure that lives are saved, migrants are treated in dignity and to eradicate together the business model of those who exploit human despair”. In working together we can have more progress and a tangible solution!
I am volunteering as a teaching assistant in a refugee school,which is located in the center of Athens.I am pretty sure that everyone has an opinion about the situation that occurs in Europe with the refugees,but the things i have witnessed,are indescribable.Most of the children are traumatised and they have no idea that they are stuck in Greece,with no luck of moving somewhere else,because many EU member countries have refused to share the burden of hosting refugees on their land.The worst part is that these children are luckier among others,most of them live with their parents and they have a stable housing.There are people that they didnt make it to survive,lost or even got drowned trying to cross from the Turkish coast to the aegean Islands.And i must say that these people are no different from us.Νevertherless,The EU counts digits and digits and digits,while people from Afghanistan,Syria,Iran,Iraq, are suffering and we do nothing about it,or leaving other countries to solve the whole problem.What is the point of the EU,if we do not unite as one ,and help those who are suffering and need help?What is the point if we remain xenophobic,narrow minded and blame harmless people for our financial and political crisis?The reason that i am talking dramatically is because the situation is dramatic,and i am talking by experience,not by uninmportant statistics and i really want to help on greater scale,not just by helping 20 or 50 people,but by solving the problem.
We insist that all countries take their own share of responsibility for the protection of refugees and that migrants, independent of their legal status, have their human rights respected. We call for special attention to the most weak and vulnerable as well as to women, children and the elderly. We remain critical of the way some EU countries have responded so far to the refugee crisis. In this respect, we urge all EU countries to honour their commitments both in terms of relocation and resettlement. Showing solidarity is key in gaining credibility in international negotiations and in convincing other countries to live up to their responsibilities. We need to make sure that refugees are offered the opportunity to work and contribute to the development of their hosted societies. Nearly half of all migrants are women and girls. It is of paramount importance that not only the EU, but the UN Member States themselves, promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as a central element of the global migration agreement. Women must be fully involved and their voices listened to. We must include women’s needs and realities in the design of policies and solutions for refugee crises in order to make them more sustainable and effective. The EU must in the strongest terms possible advocate clear commitments on specific pressing issues, such as avoiding that people risk their lives in the desert or at sea, improving the actions concerning missing migrants, ensuring humane conditions in reception camps, calling for the end of child detention, strongly supporting family reunification or addressing specific measures on statelessness. These commitments must be included in the global agreements on refugees and migration.
In the era of politicians like Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the European Union can indeed be a champion of human rights. But, as a human rights advocate, the EU needs to do more to address the problem from its roots, which would mean that it also needs to engage in a sincere dialogue with certain assertive actors. The EU should have to reassess its weapon export policies, having in mind that certain Gulf countries have accelerated the refugee problem. Also, the progressive forces must not fall for the migration rhetoric imposed by the political right and allow the political right to shift the debate in its favour. Persistence in defending our values is needed, the same persistence that guided the political left to build the welfare states in Europe, that now many of us take so easily for granted. If we engage completely on the matter, we can say that we are contributing in making the World a better place to live.
The need for a better understanding of the root causes that are creating problems. Also, learning from early age that Europeans should consider themselves as part of the global community and act as such
First of all, the problem of immigration is important for the cohesion of the union. I am not only talking about the people coming to EU from third countries and looking for a better future and a quality of life they do not have. In this case, the answer of modern social democracy should be decisive. Integration and widening of human rights, especially in countries where their policies are more claustrophobic and anti-European. I speak much more about the internal migration of citizens within the union. While this is, in principle, productive and promotes the framework of a European citizen moving without borders in relation to the past. However, it creates strong imbalances and challenges for the equal development of EU members as important human capital is transferred from countries that need it to countries that already have it. This is where social democracy has to respond and support countries facing youth unemployment problems with mechanisms that re-cycle resources and projects with high added economic value especially to countries facing braindrain. Regarding the problem of refugees, the union has done a lot, but that does not mean that more cannot be done. As my country has become home to thousands of refugees from Syria, I can say that food and accommodation are not enough. If we really want to help these people and say that we belong to a union that respects people, we must first of all make these people equal members of the society where they can offer and create. This can only be done effectively with bottom-up projects involving both the union citizens and the refugees in order to produce the necessary osmosis.
In my opinion,there should be a great network of events which should be coordinated from the PES, and should be all around the important topic of the Future of Europe. At least one MEP should talke part on it, and try to explain to the citizens the actual problems and challenges that are arising. These events should be interconnected, in order to reach out the most towns and cities around the European Union, and at least one organizer should be from one of the family parties of PES.
Today, in addition to the major problems faced by the European Union (acute lack of housing, the growth of unemployment among young people, poverty, conflicts and political, economics, military, etc.) it’s necessary to solve another problem – refugees and migration. The date of these problems are not looking for viable solutions concrete, coherent and fair, the Europeans will not be able to face the waves of migration for a long time. But how can The European Union solve this problem? How does the E.U. manage all the negative aspects that are generated by migration? What is the role of Member States, in this puzzle, which, every day becomes increasingly more difficult? The European Union, besides these realities faced by change and we all, must deal with another issue at all negligible: the history of the US economic crisis demonstrated that the price in the end is war. Often they exist and there are legitimate fears at about an imminent war, given the conflicts that we witness now here in the world. I believe, as the first, European Union together with the need to changed their energies and resources towards the maintenance of peace and good conviviality. this is the most important aspect of the European Union and it its States must take into account all the time, otherwise it is very difficult to manage such as migration and refugees. If the world we live in states are threatened by wars, conflicts, ground social, economic, political and military, inequalities, Member States must find a solution to the problems of middle for refugee and migration. Children and mothers who passed trough wars and terror, don’t have any fault to live in such a world. The European Union , not only, the world’s governments, all you have fight against these abuses, or other attitude which hinders rights and liberties. All these entities involved in combating these disasters must act and react firmly in the fight against wars. Our response to all these acts must be peace, dialogue and cooperation. Without these a European Units does not exist, a better world either… I believe that the time has come for all states of the world to be open to dialogue and especially to the implementation of a strategy to reduce the tensions that put pressure worldwide , affecting all of us, including the old continent. Migration is a phenomenon that you cannot solve like a maths problem. It is a real problem which is precisely why more and more concerns appear. All forums and institutional liability making of the E.U. and of the world in general, we must treat this matter and in terms of tolerance and unity in diversity, with good deals. It’s not easy, that is why a look in the past is more than opportune in order not to repeat the mistakes that have been committed, in order not to harm the citizens of the states themselves, and not to endanger our social tranquillity. All you need to keep in mind, including the subjects affected by wars, poverty, disasters and calamities, that the law must be respected anywhere you go. Order and security are priority areas for us states. The fact is that we must be open and cooperative, but cautious and careful. Our aim must be peace, above all, but, also take attitude when the situation so requires.
Without addressing the root causes of forced displacement such as conflicts, poverty and underdevelopment, the phenomenon of migration will only intensify in the future. Despite two decades of economic growth, Africa is facing security challenges and regional instability. It is confronting increased social inequalities and poverty, corruption, lack of good governance, fundamental freedoms, and quality education, as well as wide-spread environmental degradation. This has led to a growing number of migrants and refugees coming from Africa to Europe. We need more efficient cooperation between EU and African countries of origin and transit in order to overcome the current challenges of migration management. And the EU must take resolute steps to enact a Marshall Plan for Africa that can address the root causes of migration and deliver tangible improvements in Africa. We must work together with African partners towards effective use of development cooperation, conflict resolution, and stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growths to give opportunities to Africans in their countries of origin. Migration must be safe and legal, migrants and refugees must have their dignity and fundamental rights respected and the fight against human traffickers must be stepped up. The far-right and populist forces are building walls and spread hate and division. We stand for equal and fair partnerships between EU and Africa through win-win approaches, and support the efforts of the African partners, which host the overwhelming majority of African migrants and refugees, to better manage migration flows, also internally. We are extending our hand in cooperation to civil society and everyone who is ready to join us in this joint effort.
We insist that the EU should lead and shape the negotiations for a global regime on migration and all its member states should contribute to this effort. Our Union must put all its weight behind the on-going UN negotiations to achieve global agreements on refugees and on safe, orderly and regular migration. Any agreement should be people-centred and should not only provide for long-term, sustainable and comprehensive solutions, for the benefit of all parties involved, but also build on the principle of partnership and strengthened cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination. We deplore that the Trump administration has pulled the United States out of the United Nations’ ambitious plan to create a more humane and comprehensive global strategy on migration. The Trump strategy of simply building walls and walking away from constructive international efforts to deal with the real issues on migration does not provide solutions. Accurate and reliable data should be at the basis of all policy-making on migration. We should therefore not tolerate fake and/or speculative assertions that fuel false and harmful populist narratives. The picture is not black or white. Well regulated migration can contribute to the economic growth of receiving countries.