Wednesday, 9 March 2011

European Policy Centre publication

The European Policy Centre (EPC), “an independent think tank at the cutting edge of EU affairs” just published a document entitled Migratory flows from North Africa: challenges for the EU’, with a brief reference to EASO.

The site describes the publication as follows:

“Unprecedented flows of migrants are arriving on the EU’s southern shores following recent political upheaval across North Africa and there is a fear that many more will come. In this commentary, Yves Pascouau and Sheena McLoughlin outline three challenges the EU and its Member States have to cope with: the capacity to protect their borders, the capacity to respect the human rights of those fleeing persecution, and the capacity to exercise solidarity. While there is already evidence of a capacity to react when it comes to securing borders, the authors argue that Member States will now also have to demonstrate, on the one hand, an ability to respect human rights when managing large migration flows from the south, and on the other hand, meaningful solidarity both with countries in the North African region and with EU countries struggling to cope with the new arrivals.”

EASO is mentioned in the context of Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom’s statement that EASO could be requested to send its asylum support teams in the eventuality of a large influx of asylum-seekers at the EU’s southern borders. The EPC comments that this statement “will be hard to achieve rapidly as the EASO will only be fully operational from June 2011.”

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