On 14th April, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly adopted Resolution 1805 (2011) entitled The large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees on Europe’s southern shores.
The resolution takes stock of the current asylum/migration scenario playing out at the southern borders of Europe, a direct consequence of the on-going conflicts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. In essence, the resolution is a series of important recommendations to all CoE’s member states in acknowledgement of the Europe-wide impact of the conflicts and of refugees fleeing north Africa to reach European safety.
The recommendations include:
- effective European responsibility-sharing;
- humanitarian support to all arrivals, including appropriate reception arrangements;
- avoidance of detention;
- special consideration for vulnerable persons;
- respect for the right to seek asylum;
- increased support for Frontex;
- support to UNHCR, IOM, ICRC and other organisations;
- participation in resettlement programmes;
- support to Tunisia, Egypt and Libya;
- legal migration channels.