Monday, April 20, 2015

3 more points for the EU 10 point plan

In response to the tragic drownings of migrants who t, the EU have a 10 point plan:

1. The EU will reinforce the EU's maritime patrolling operations in the Mediterranean, called Triton and Poseidon, by giving them more money and equipment. The EU will also extend their scope to patrol a wider area of sea.

2. The bloc will make a systematic effort to capture and destroy vessels used by the people smugglers, using the EU's counter-piracy "Atalanta" operation off Somalia as a model. EU officials said it would be a combined civilian and military operation but gave no more details.

3. The EU's law enforcement, border control, asylum and prosecutors' agencies will meet regularly and work closely to gather information on how the smugglers operate, to trace their funds and help investigate them.

4. The European Union's asylum support office will to deploy teams in Italy and Greece for joint processing of asylum applications.

5. EU governments will fingerprint all migrants.

6. The EU will consider options for an "emergency relocation mechanism" for migrants.

7. The European Commission will launch a voluntary pilot project on resettling refugees across the EU.

8. The EU will establish a new return program for rapid return of "irregular" migrants coordinated by EU agency Frontex from the EU's Mediterranean countries.

9. The EU will engage with countries surrounding Libya through a joint effort between the Commission and the EU's diplomatic service.

10. The EU will deploy immigration liaison officers abroad to gather intelligence on migratory flows and strengthen the role of the EU delegations

They should go further:

11 Take out full page advertisements in newzpapers of sending countries, setting out the costs and risks of the trip

12 Discover and address what is driving the exodus from sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty alone? Oppressive government?

13 Do more to stop the war in Libya. Stop the inflow of ammunition. Support the Government

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