22 April, 2012
Resolution on EU migration policy
Adopted by the UEF Federal Committee on 22 April 2012
whereas:  

- the ongoing process of transformation in Europe's closest neighborhood is a historic opportunity which also brings important challenges for our continent, such as
highlighting the need for a common immigration and asylum policy for the EU; - the fear of people with different cultural and religious backgrounds is the underlying platform for extremist populism in Europe, magnified in times of economic and financial crisis and misused by some EU leaders for short-sighted political purposes;

- the ongoing populist debate in some EU member states, as well as the inefficient reactions by several national authorities to enhanced migration flows over the last years, runs counter to one of the Union’s main goals - the sustainable free movement of persons;

- contrary to some latest Member States' government statements, the proper management of enhanced migration flows is not the reintroduction of internal borders between Member States, but the communitarization of EU external boarders' protection;

- migration and mobility are of key importance for the future dynamism and competitiveness  of the EU;

 

 

The Union of European Federalists

acknowledges that:

- separation of politics and religion is crucial to the success of public governance in every policy area;

- migration is neither an isolated national nor a momentous issue - it affects all European citizens, albeit to a different degree; therefore, joint management should be ensured within the framework of common institutions and mechanisms;

- the European Union - based on principles of solidarity and shared responsibility – could provide the right institutional framework, allowing for dealing in a coherent manner with the  challenge of migration and integration of immigrants in Europe and could also provide for effective external border security management;

- hence, in the context of the current reform process, the use of the communitarian approach in the filed of immigration and asylum policy should be applied more intensively; in order to achieve more successful integration of migrants into European societies and maximise their contribution to development;

- however, the future of the EU migration policy should not be reduced solely to the reform of the rules governing the protection of the external borders of the EU; migration requires a complex vision for reforms of related EU policies, more specifically, an EU immigration and asylum policy;

taking into consideration the invaluable contribution of migrants to the economic, social and cultural development of the EU, including the EU's competitiveness in the world trade, the future EU common asylum policy should guarantee aid and protection to people  persecuted in their own countries, thus reflecting the  EU’s own principles - democracy, freedom and the rule of law.

- the EU also needs qualified immigrants if it wants to become a highly competitive knowledge-based economy; therefore, the EU common immigration policy should be equipped with mechanisms that allow for this;

- the EU also needs qualified immigrants if it wants to become a highly competitive knowledge-based economy; therefore, the EU immigration and asylum policy should be equipped with mechanisms that allow for this;

- any policy reform should not happen at the expense of the planned Schengen enlargement to new countries, provided naturally that all conditions to accession are met.

supports

- the proposal of the European Commission from mid-September 2011 aimed at establishing more efficient management of the Schengen cooperation system and uniform application of the Schengen rules, which, if agreed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, would be a right step in the federal direction;

- the measures proposed by the Commission and aimed at facing rapidly changing crisis situations, and in particular, the increase of the financial funds addressing internal affairs and the improvement and simplification of the EU funding mechanisms;

- the proposal of the Commission on intensive use of readmission agreements in EU relations with countries considered a source of irregular migration; the mobility partnerships which the readmission agreements  integrate will better prepare the EU to manage migration challenges;

- the newly introduced "more for more" principle of the European neighborhood policy, which could provide a good basis stimulating reforms in the participating countries;

- the reform of FRONTEX as from September 2011, that will play a crucial role for the efficiency of FRONTEX activity, but further stress the need for increased visibility of its work for the sake transparency and human rights guarantee

will work

- for effective development of a common migration policy guaranteeing the uniform application of fundamental rights and international human rights standards as a priority goal of European integration;

- for the sake of policy efficiency and in accordance with Article 77, Par 1, "c" TfEU, for the gradual replacement of Member States' responsibility for external border security with EU competences and instruments, which will constitute an enormous integration step, bringing the EU to another level of post-national union;

- for the further development of a Common European Asylum System to address both the differences in refugee protection between individual Member States and the sharing of responsibilities under the Dublin II Regulation on the return of asylum seekers within the EU, which will lead to a new level of integration;

- for a more effective integration policy and access to rights by third-country nationals within the EU as well as greater cooperation with non-member countries in all fields, particularly developing more enhanced use of readmission agreements, based on humane and effective return policy, as a means of conditionality within the larger context of the EU neighborhood policy; - for a European foreign policy focusing on the causes of instability and structural problems in countries of origin directly.

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