The European Parliament reform asylum. With 459 votes in favor, 206 against and 52 abstentions MEPs approved the ‘immigration report drafted by Italian Socialist Cécile Kyenge along with the popular Maltese Roberta Metsola.
“Every asylum seeker should be considered as a person seeking asylum in Europe and not in a single Member State”, it reads the text that says, well, the end of the Dublin Treaty . The revision of the Treaty, intended dall’Europarlamento, provides for the creation of an asylum “centralized” system to allow better management of flows of migrants and asylum-seekers arriving in Europe.
The resolution approved today (which is not binding) shall also state the opening of humanitarian corridors to ensure that migrants do not risk their lives ending up in the hands of traffickers. According to the Parliament, in fact, “the current asylum system does not take sufficient account of the particular migratory pressure which the Member States on the Union’s external borders are subjected”. In the approved document it requests the Member States to engage in the redistribution of landed immigrants in Greece and Italy, while for resettlement from the refugee camps, MEPs insist that the EU needs “a binding legislative approach”. The former Minister of Integration Kyenge was able to rejoice: “With the report approved today, and with the end of the Dublin regulation, we are moving towards a common European asylum system”. But, meanwhile, the numbers of landings in 2016 have already reached 24 thousand, including about 400 migrants rescued yesterday and today in the Sicilian Channel. Twice as many as in the same period of 2015. At the moment, there are already 111 thousand foreigners accommodated in the 4 active hotspots (Pozzallo, Lampedusa, Trapani and Taranto).