MEP Bartolo urges obligatory migrant relocation mechanism

Automatic, sanctions for states not complying

17 September, 16:26

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 17 - Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Pietro Bartolo called Thursday during a debate the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos for an EU-wide obligatory mechanism for migrant relocation.

    ''Did you see the burnt camp Moria? A fleeing child asked her father 'Are we going to die?' What can a father answer? What do you want him to answer? But yes, we must answer. With extreme firmness. The sad spectacle that Europe is offering is unacceptable,'' he said.

    ''There is a moral and political imperative that obliges us to demand, now and immediately, for the immediate evacuation of the camp and an acceleration of relocations from the islands to other member states, especially of minors and the most vulnerable,'' he added, noting that ''it is good that (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel has pledged to welcome 2,750 people from the islands but there is the need for a change in the asylum system.'' Bartolo then underscored, ahead of a new pact on migration, that at stake was the ''credibility of institutions'' and that ''changes should be changed: there is the need for an obligatory solidarity mechanism entailing automatic relocation. And sanctions for those not complying. It is not necessary to build new camps. There is a need for structural reforms. Now, not decades from now.'' (ANSA).

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved

    Business opportunities

    The information system of business
    opportunities abroad

    News from Mediterranean