Statement on Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

How many more deaths can we stomach in the Mediterranean?  

Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis in its history. People are coming in their waves to our shores in hope of escaping terror and prosecution in their own lands. As Europeans, we need to recognise that the journeys being made by these people are not taken lightly – they are risking their lives because it is the lesser of two evils. Furthermore, we need to recognise that as the richest continent, we are in a position to do more. YFG commends and applauds the move by the European People’s Party to call for the Commission and the Council to “immediately fund, staff and equip FRONTEX in order for it to be a system fit for purpose” and to “examine all instruments at our disposal, including EUROPOL, to fight organised crime, human trafficking and people profiting” but calls for more than reactionary policy.  

Further to increasing on-going efforts to stabilise war and crisis zones, YFG calls for action in dealing with the resettlement of immigrants across Europe. Warnings from the likes of François Crépeau, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, need to be taken note of because “the inaction of Europe is […] what creates the market for smugglers”. This action needs to be pan European as the current regime sees 75% of refugees go to only 5 countries. YFG repeat the calls made with our European partners in the youth of the European Peoples' Party for “the EU Commission to set up a quota refugee system based on population and infrastructural capabilities of each member state and to increase the cooperation with UNHCR”. YFG calls on the Irish government to support such a quota refugee system at EU level.  

YFG through its International Committee have a track record of bringing issues like this to the fore and will continue to liaise on a European level with our YEPP partners to ensure we engage fully with international issues. 

 

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