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18 December 2020

“Put Human dignity and Common Good at the centre of the future negotiations”

COMECE assesses the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

Following the analysis of the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, proposed by the European Commission on 23 September 2020, the COMECE Working Group on Migration and Asylum expresses its concerns about the effectiveness of the Pact to alleviate the difficult situation, aggravated by COVID-19, in which migrants and refugees find themselves.

While recognizing the efforts of the European Commission to set out a new and comprehensive framework aimed to create a fair and predictable migration management mechanism, COMECE urges all negotiating actors to promote a welcoming context as well as a fair and just approach to those in need.

The COMECE document also proposes a series of concrete policy recommendations toward a multi-level solidarity mechanism, external relations based on reciprocity and fair partnerships, and an integrated management of external borders, that would protect and promote the human rights rooted in human dignity of all individuals and families arriving in the EU.

Especially in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic, “which exacerbated the poverty, social exclusion and stigmatization of migrants, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking, […] the Pact should create a sustainable and human system of solidarity and responsibility sharing that recognizes the mutual advantages of migration and protects refugees” – reads the statement.

The contribution is the result of the multiple online meetings of the COMECE Working Group ants its experts, who also contributed to the Public consultation on the future of EU legal migration aiming to identify areas of improvement of the EU framework on legal migration.

Already on 16 October 2020 COMECE contributed to the Public Consultation on the integration and inclusion, highlighting the importance of Church based organizations in the process of integration and the need for these organizations to be recognized and be included in future funding.

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