Refugees: lively debate in European Parliament

March 11, 2016
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The EU Council of Ministers, on Wednesday 9 March 2016, gave its approval to an “emergency support mechanism in response to the difficult humanitarian situation caused by the refugee crisis, notably in Greece. This enables the EU to help Greece and other affected Member States to address the humanitarian needs of the large numbers of men, women and children arriving”, according to a press release. 
At the same time, the European Parliament took up the subject and had, on the same day, a lively debate, requesting details of a deal struck by EU leaders with Turkey on the management of migrant and refugee flows, underlining that international asylum rules must be respected. In a plenary debate with the Council and the Commission, most political group leaders insisted that EU accession negotiations with Turkey and talks on visa liberalisation for Turkish nationals travelling to the EU should not be linked to the refugee issue, and they also brought up the situation of human rights in that country.

Countries covered:

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