The EU Eastern Partnership’s programme must deliver more on migration

Date

28 Nov 2012

Sections

Justice & Home Affairs
Regional Policy
Social Europe & Jobs

Press release

Citizens from the Eastern Partnership countries looking for a brighter future in the EU are confronted with a restrictive common migration policy approach that pushes thousands of them into irregular situations and the informal economy.

This situation creates unnecessary human suffering by destroying the human dignity of those trapped in “irregularity”.

Caritas Europa deeply regrets that the European Union is at the source of so much injustice, and strongly believes that a positive approach to migration would enrich both the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.

Therefore, Caritas Europa calls on EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries to take the following recommendations into consideration:

1. Migration policies must be human-rights based and include a systematic human rights impact assessment

2. Simplify and make more accessible regular channels for migration that allow people to seek work abroad and return freely.

3. Support reintegration measures for Eastern Partnership countries

4. Enhance cooperation with civil society partners

Caritas Europa will advocate these recommendations at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum that will take place on 29-30 November in Stockholm.

For more information:

Karolina Babicka

Advocacy and Policy Officer

Asylum and Migration

kbabicka@caritas-europa.org

+32 (0)2 235 26 55