The Migration Path, led by SOS Malta, has been following the implementation of migration policies at EU level, bearing always in mind Human Rights and the European values. Advocacy actions are permanently carried out to raise citizens’ and stakeholders’ awareness on the role and importance of migration.
In June 2016, the Migration Path members drafted a letter in response to the European Council Meeting of 28-29 June 2016, during which Member States drew conclusions on risk secure norms for the migration crisis. The LADDER Migration Path highlighted its disappointment to the position taken by the European Council, which undermines European fundamental principles.
The same position was taken in December 2016 when a letter addressed to Mr. Joseph Muscat (Prime Minister of Malta) and Mr. George Vella (Minister of Foreign Affairs) was sent out by the project partners. The letter aimed at drawing attention towards the need for Europe’s Heads of States to ensure a humane response to the asylum and the migration crisis, currently affecting Europe and the neighbouring regions.
In 2017, the Migration working group pursued its activities issuing a reaction to the Malta Declaration of the Meeting of the Council of the EU on 3 February 2017. The main points raised and identified as causes for concern by the Migration path are:
- The systematic return of irregular migrants which results to be a risk for the respect of their human rights;
- The need for safer and more regular routes of migration to Europe in order to undermine the market of smugglers and increase safety of migrants;
- The new sources of Instruments of funding which should not represent a leverage for regulation of migrants at the cost of Development Aid;
- The importance of approaching the migration crisis with long term strategies and to increase funding to development aid and humanitarian assistance to tackle the root causes of migration at source.
Please find below the full texts produced by the Migration path of LADDER