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Migrants Tragedies in the Mediterranean

Europe must open humanitarian corridors from departure countries

European leaders: political responsibility and concrete actions now!

19.04.2015 – Urgency is to open humanitarian corridors for those fleeing from conflicts and to put in place an adequate and serious rescue at sea operation to prevent tragedies like today. Terre des Hommes calls for European governments and international community for collective responsibility.

Terre des Hommes calls for a radical change in European Migration Policy. Europe must be a space of human rights and opportunities in line with the European values promoted by the EU in the world.

Europe must open humanitarian corridors

Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned today after a boat carrying up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea 210 km off the coast of Lampedusa. “Amongst the dead in the Mediterranean there are children, women, men fleeing war, persecution, hunger. They will not stop crossing despite this additional tragedy” said Raffaele Salinari, Chair of Terre des Hommes International Federation.

As immediate action, Terre des Hommes reiterates the urgency to open humanitarian corridors for those fleeing from conflict, with the possibility of having access to regular channels of immigration to Europe from departure countries.

We need a radical change in the upcoming European Agenda on Migration

“EU institutions and Member States must understand that we need and we want a radical change in European’s migration policies”, continued Raffaele Salinari.

“The European institutions and Member States need to understand that we must get out from the logic of emergency management of migration flows. It ‘is time to show if our continent wants to be the birthplace of human rights or deny the founding principles of its constitution. The EU must focus its cooperation in Mediterranean countries by supporting local civil society and democracy with more resources. And we must invest in Europe to protect and integrate migrants, in particular children and youth. Those are the two pillars expressing a new paradigm in EU migration policy that we want to see in the upcoming new EU Agenda on Migration to be adopted by the European Commission in May”, Salinari concluded.

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Contacts for interviews

  • Raffaele Salinari, Chair Terre des Hommes International Federation, (English, Italian, Spanish, French) Mobile: +39.320.225.3773 raffaelesalinari@yahoo.it
  •  Salvatore Parata, Head European Office, Terre des Hommes International Federation (English, Italian, Spanish, French) Mobile: +32.474.209921 paratas@terredeshommes.org
  •  Ignacio Packer, Terre des Hommes International Federation (English, Spanish, French) Mobile: + 41 79 278 44 29 ignacio.packer@terredeshommes.org

Media:

Radio Euskadi interview – public radio of Basque Country – released by Raffaele Salinari, Chair of Terre des Hommes International Federation, – (20/04/2015)

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