Many observers see in the politics of the European member states a profound divide between the ‘old Europe’ and the so-called Visegrad group, composed of Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. In their view, Viktor Orbàn’s xenophobic campaign against the ‘enforced relocation of non-Hungarians in Hungary’ supported by 98% of voters highlights this division, notwithstanding the small turnout (40% of registered voters) in the vote of October 2. The reluctance of Visegrad countries to receive (...)
EU forces its neighbours to accept its policy of inhospitality
Taking the opportunity of the Euro-African Summit at La Valette, on Nov. 11-12 2015, Migreurop network strongly emphasizes that, under the false pretense of cooperation and development, UE bargains with African states to subcontract the control of its borders, to deter the possibilities of free circulation, and to prioritize detention and deportation of illegalized migrants.
Just a few weeks after the global sensation caused by the photo of the corpse of young Aylan Kurdi, washed up on the (...)
Open letter to the President of the French Republic on the reception of refugees and migrants in France and in Europe
Paris, 10 September 2015
Dear Mr President,
Last Monday, you gave a press conference in which you made a number of statements in relation to migration and asylum, setting out the position to be adopted by France at the forthcoming meeting of EU ministers of the Interior on 14 September in Brussels.
We note that both the tone and the substance of your speech contrast sharply with the position advocated by France last summer. The tragic events which have occurred since seem to have finally (...)
Bridges, not weapons!
An appeal for a migrant, asylum seeker and refugee reception policy
It is estimated that over 20,000 people have lost their lives along Europe’s borders over the past 20 years, with almost 2,000 of them perishing in the Mediterranean since the start of 2015. The Member States of the European Union (EU) will address the issue of these repeated tragedies at the 25-6 June European Council meeting.
Our organisations cannot accept the fact that the EU’s institutions are not prioritizing saving lives. On the contrary, the EU and its Member States had no trouble (...)
Deaths in the Mediterranean: the European Council’s dishonour
Brussels, 24 April 2015
23 April 2015 was a terrible day: the European Council, that was at last to “take action” as regards a “tragic” situation in the Mediterranean, merely attempted to shelter the European Union and its Member States from migrants by toughening border protection.
The European Union Heads of Government, who met with great ado, had but one message for those thousands of human beings – men, women and children – who risk death and often find it, attempting to reach a place to (...)