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More efforts needed for refugees’ reception on Greek islands

The situation for asylum seekers continues to be appalling in the Moria reception and identification Centre on the island of Lesbos, which houses 7500 people at present, said Petra De Sutter who visited Athens, Kavala, Drama and Lesbos. More

EU migration deal a ‘step forward’ but international law and human rights must be guaranteed

PACE rapporteurs Petra De Sutter and Domagoj Hajdukovic have jointly acknowledged the conclusions adopted last night by the EU Council on migration and sea rescue. More

Doris Fiala: “Countries in demographic decline refuse to see the advantage of welcoming young refugees”

"The world’s refugees deserve our help, yet once again Europe is failing to find a united humanitarian response", the Chair of the Committee on Migration said today on the occasion of the World Refugee Day. More

Migration Committee Chair: sea rescue operations need all Europe’s support and solidarity

Doris Fiala (Switzerland, ALDE) Doris Fiala, Chairperson of the Migration Committee, has commended Spain for its offer to open the port of Valencia to the Aquarius, now drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants on board. More

Refugees must not be a tool for political pressure in Turkey, says rapporteur

“I am dismayed at the Turkish authorities’ announcement that its readmission agreement with Greece has been suspended, following the release from custody in Greece of Turkish soldiers seeking asylum in Greece". More

Committee urges states to allow applications for refugee status from abroad and to create safe 'refugee shelters'

Meeting today in Paris, the Migration Committee has called on Council of Europe member States to allow applications for asylum from outside the country “as an exceptional measure on humanitarian grounds”. More