Refugees and Migrants: current reception system is inadequate

April 12, 2016
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The European Parliament met this week in Strasbourg and began, on Tuesday 12 April 2016, a wide debate on the migration crisis and its impact on the situation in the Mediterranean. Beyond the conclusions of this debate, which are not yet known, it is important to note the contents of an 85-page report produced by the Parliament’s Committee on the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, which raises some noteworthy issues. “Over 1.4 million applications for international protection were lodged in the EU+ (28 plus Switzerland and Norway), with numbers rising steadily since April”, according to a database containing information from specialised bodies.
Whereas, according to Frontex data, “in 2015 1.83 million persons were detected while attempting to irregularly cross the EU’s external borders, setting an unprecedented record compared to the 282 500 migrants who arrived in the Union in the course of the whole 2014. According to IOM/UNICEF data, around 20% of all migrants arriving by sea are children”.
The report also reveals that organisations in charge of migration counted that “in 2015 over 3 771 persons were reported dead or missing in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the International Organisation for Migration ; whereas up to 8 March 2016, 444 persons had been reported as drowned in the Mediterranean. In the first nine weeks of 2016, 77 children died – an average exceeding one per day; while according to recent Europol data at least 10 000 unaccompanied children have disappeared after arriving in Europe”. 
The report covers all aspects connected to this “unprecedented migratory crisis”, according to a preliminary opinion from the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. The drama has, it writes, “exposed the inadequacies of the current reception system for refugees and migrants”.

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia