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Joint Debate PACE 28 june 2017: Human rights implications of the European response to transit migration across the Mediterranean
Speaking notes Daphné Dumery (N-VA):
The conditions of migrants arriving at European borders through the Mediterranean Sea should concern us all and we should take action where we can. Both rapporteurs have the ambition to do so. They stress out that the reception of migrants need to improve, that the procedures need to be more efficient. The recommendation to the Greek and Italian authorities are therefore more than useful.
Mr. Varvitsiotis asks in his report to focus more attention on the specific needs of unaccompanied and separated children, especially with regard to Greece.
Here I want to stress out a link with my own report ‘Migrants as an easy target for trafficking and exploitation’, which confirms the fact that there’s a change in profile of asylum seekers also including the increasing number of unaccompanied children.
Therefore I demand a greater awareness of the problem of disappearances of unaccompanied minors arriving in Europe. Specialized support and care is absolutely necessary. As well as the establishment of cooperation and coordination between police forces within Europe.
I’m convinced that the Council of Europe is best placed to raise the awareness and identify concrete measures to improve the situation.
I would like to thank both rapporteurs for their excellent work.
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