Technical solutions are no longer relevant at a time when policies that increasingly fail to reflect the human element are becoming standard practice.
The Juncker Commission’s work programme must go beyond the Member States’ political considerations. MEPs need to take responsibility and focus on solutions that take into account the human dignity of the people rejected by our society. Emmaus Europe invites you to watch the video Migration: are there any solutions?
Practical ways in which Emmaus helps the most socially Uexcluded people are shelds light as well the Frontex activities.
The Emmaus Movement provides shelter and support across Europe. So-called social undesirables are integrated into the Emmaus groups and contribute to the groups’ income-generating activity, while rebuilding their own lives. The 300 European Emmaus groups that form our organisation work to combat poverty on a daily basis.
The vulnerable situation of the migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean excludes them from society and exposing or subjecting them to a lack of support in Europe reinforces the stigma, material deprivation and despair they experience.
The reception given to migrants by Europe violates fundamental human rights. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom promote the principles of human dignity, physical and moral integrity, freedom, privacy, and respect for family life, equality and non-discrimination, while prohibiting inhumane and degrading treatment.
These provisions make each State responsible for coping with the consequences of the “mass influx of people.” There is an obligation to safeguard the dignity of victims of tragedies. Punishing them by turning them back at the borders of Europe is an aberration that only conceals latent social problems and goes completely against the letter and spirit of human rights laws.
Emmaus’ aims encourage us to protect the rights of those who suffer most and to tell Europe’s citizens about the lack of oversight of the border agency Frontex’s work. We denounce the technical solutions that are unsuited to the displaced people who are roaming Europe. Priority consideration should be given to recue and not to control borders.
If “the voice of the voiceless must prevent the powerful from sleeping at night”, Emmaus is duty bound to amplify their voice.
Commissioners and MEPs, we are asking you to apply the above-mentioned provisions and to work for temporary protection in the event of a massive influx of people. We are asking you to consider an appropriate response to migration as soon as possible.
We wish to finish by reminding you that Emmaus Europe travelled to Lampedusa and alerted people about the material deprivation and human despair at Europe’s borders through a declaration aimed at all politicians in Europe. Click here to read the declaration.
Julio de la Granja. President of Emmaus Europe.