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CoE on Mass Migration : No to EU 2015 ReSettlement + For Asylum processing Outside Europe

Written by ACM
Thursday, 26 January 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- After an "Urgent" Debate on "the Need to Reform European (Mass) Migration Policies", CoE, the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Strongly Adopted a Resolution asking for Mass Asylum Seekers' demands to be processed "Outside of Europe", Voted Down any reference to the Controversial EU's 2015 "ReLocation" and "ReSettlement" schemas, as well as Urged to "Increase Efficiency of Return Policies", etc., among a Surprizing set of mostly Anorthodox, Critical positions, (between which were added, however, certain, comparatively secondary Concessions to some Establishment Interests, f.ex., partialy, about a floue demand for even More Funds to Turkey, etc).


Significantly, the Original Heading of that Proposal, initialy presented by a Number of MEPs, including Brittish, was quite Explicit : - "When Generosity, Kindness, Humanity and Western Democratic Freedoms, are Answered with Radical Intolerance and Violence : An Urgent Call to Reform the Failed European Migration, Integration, Security, and Border policies", it read...


=> After a quite Strong InFight among various Amendments, Finaly CoE's Parliamentary Assembly adopted a Call to "Organise External Processing of (Mass) Asylum Applications, by Safe Procedures, OUTSIDEUROPE", in E ways which can also Safeguard Human Rights of Asylum Seekers", as MEPs stressed.


+Moreover, the PanEuropean, 47 Member Countries-strong Assembly of Strasbourg, also, clearly Voted Down, with a Strong Majority, any reference to EU's Controversial 2015 "Decisions ...with regard to ReLocation and ReSettlement of (Mass) Refugees" routinely Smuggled into Europe mainly by Turkish Traffickers between 2015-2016 +, Totaling more than 1,5 Millions of People, mostly Massive Irregular Migration.


+ In Addition to a reiteration of what has become Recently a Widely Accepted EU Call to "Ensure the Efficiency of (EU) External Border Controls", "in particularby providing for proper Funding and Functioning of a New European Border and Coast Guard Agency", CoE's MEPs also Asked to "Increase the Efficiency of Return Policies", (f.ex., "by mandating a Newly established European Return Office, wih Adequate Financing and Operating Powers", as well as by "Harmonizing Return Practices throughout Europe", including with "possible Cost-Sharing", (etc).


Last, but not least, PACE also Urged, at least to "Reflect on the Emerging Challenges faced by Integration Policies, including Threats for Security and Radicalisation".

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