Democracy requires involvement – Report from European Parliament simulation

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In the European Parliament simulation, that was held during the Erasmus+ youth exchange “Democracy requires involvement!”, organized by iDemo Institute for Democracy, collaborating with Lithuanian NGO “Unique Projects” and three more organisations from Slovenia, Romania and Portugal, participants were asked questions about resolving the current migrant crisis; the legal nature of the EU-Turkey Statement of 18th March, the Greece context, as well about the social integration of refugees and economical measures regarding this achievement. As a result of the project, participants designed the following report, where they propose possible solution to the crisis.

 REPORT

on the situation regarding migrant crisis

 The European Parliament,

– having regard to the Geneva Convention of 1951 and the additional protocol thereto, and in particular the right to non-refoulement,

– having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,

– having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,

–  having regard to the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 and to the European Parliament resolution of 27 November 2014 on the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,

–  having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea of 1974 and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue of 1979 as amended,

– having regard to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all migrant workers and members of their families of 1990,

– having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

– having regard to the Commission Communication Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors (2010-2014)(COM(2010)0213) and to the European Parliament resolution of 12 September 2013 on the situation of unaccompanied minors in the EU,

– having regard to its resolution of 29 April 2015 on the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean and EU migration and asylum policies,

– having regard to its resolution of 10 September 2015 on migration and refugees in Europe,

State the following:

The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees has created a system for providing protection to people at risk of persecution in their own countries.

Asylum seekers are drawn to particular countries by a range of obvious factors: proximity, family and ethnic community networks, employment opportunities and wage levels, generosity of welfare systems, levels of tolerance within existing societies, and the accessibility of determination systems.

Reforming the on-shore asylum system to bring more transparency, equity and consistency into our refugee responses is likely to win the support of at least the general parties of our EP simulation.

Members of the European Parliament have carefully considered how  to provide best assistance and protection to refugees.

After thorough discussion on the issues stated above ALDE (Liberals) group proposed:

  • EU with open borders
  • 2 billion Euros to integrate refugees
  • Accepting quotes proportional of the dimension/population/conditions of each EU country
  • EU intelligence service
  • Increase the military service
  • Security system implementing the “blue card” system and finger scanning in the borders.
  • Implement intercultural education in the European countries.
  • Social integration by giving intercultural education at schools.

This proposal aims to complement the existing substantial EU aid resettlement programs.

It was clear for all the parties that more military action should be taken in accordance to expand the security of the host countries.

At first, the Socialists considered agreeing on this proposal but they required the creation of fully secular states in the EU where any religion sign should be forbidden. However, after discussion they agreed on the Liberals Proposal.

The Right Wing had a really strong position towards the refugee’s crisis. In their opinion Europe should not receive any kind of asylum seekers. They proposed the construction of fences in the borders of European countries. In order to help on the resolution of the conflict they proposed sending military help to Syria. Afterwards, they agreed on the proposal only if each country had the possibility to choose whether they desire to be part of this measure or not.

When it comes to the Conservatives they were in favor of all the statements proposed by the liberals.

So, Liberals, Socialists and Conservatives succeeded to a settlement, as well as the Right Wing but the condition beforehand reported.