“ European Union governments should take urgent action to bring Europe’s response to the refugee challenge, now a full blown EU crisis, in line with their legal responsibilities and stated values.“ Human Rights Watch latest report.
“ The response of many EU governments to the crisis has been deeply flawed. The response has been characterized by deaths at sea, chaos, and deplorable humanitarian conditions at sometimes-closed or blocked land borders, and inadequate responsibility sharing and collective action. Many EU countries have tried to deflect responsibility onto countries outside the European Union.
- Save lives at sea through robust search-and-rescue operations in the central Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea;
- Reduce the need for dangerous journeys by increasing refugee resettlement, facilitating family reunification, and providing humanitarian visas;
- Resolve the chaos at Europe’s borders through increased preparedness and coordination, swifter implementation of an agreed-upon emergency relocation scheme, and access to fair and efficient asylum procedures – including at the Greek and Bulgarian land borders with Turkey – and decent reception conditions throughout the region;
- Fix the EU’s broken asylum system, and start by replacing the flawed Dublin system with a permanent mechanism for distributing asylum seekers equitably and enforcing EU standards across all member states;
- Respect rights in migration cooperation with countries outside the EU by carefully designing, carrying out, and monitoring programs;
- Put human rights at the center of diplomatic and other efforts to tackle root causes of refugee and migration flows.“ (https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/11/16/eu-steps-address-refugee-crisis)