60 Ideas for Europe

EU must take action and show global leadership concerning the increasing problem of illegal immigration. The amount of people trying to cross the common EU-border, many of them refugees, is growing dramatically. Thousands of immigrants die each year in their attempt to make a new and better life in Europe. Those who manage to cross EU`s border, often face exploitation and lack of rights.

To secure the rights of immigrants,EU should establish a European Court concerning immigration and refugee matters. Such a court could control and secure that the EU member states follow up on the European policy in accordance with the common European asylum system (CEAS). EU must ensure that refugees and other immigrants are treated in conformity with the European Convention on Human Rigths, and that they can rely on minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers and the procedures for making decisions on asylum claims. A European Court of Refugees and Immigrants could secure these procedures. It could also judge in cases such as definition of who is a refugee or requires international protection, or the rights and benefits attached to the status of being an immigrant or refugee.

A Court of Refugees and Immigrants could protect the rights of one of the weakest and most vulnerable groups in Europe. By establishing such a court, EU once again could proof itself being one of the world`s most important powers to find solutions for global challenges, and to secure human rights.

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  1. I very much support this new court! We must not let down those who are in need of help and justice; refugees and immigrants.

  2. The problem of increasing rates of immigrants and refugees urgently needs a soultion. The implementation of a EU-Court would be a first step to help those people poor people to get a better life.

  3. Actually, 1951 Refugee Convention is a specialized human rights convention – one of the first UN human rights conventions. European Court for Human Rights (ECHR), which is one of the most developed human rights instruments not only in Europe, but also on international level, has been making very important decisions regarding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. It helps to keep the interpretation of the Refugee Convention up-dated to the most recent human rights developments. However, refugees should be informed better about this court and its asylum cases, as well as assisted to use it as a remedy.

    As far as the number of asylum seekers is concerned, in recent years, it has been dicreasing, making restrictive national asylum policies even more contradictory.

    As far as CEAS is concerned, states follow the existing EU asylum directives (Reception, Qualification, Procedures), but those directives do not imply strong humanitarian obligations, do they? If EU law says that states ‘may’ do something, it legally does not mean they ‘should’ or ‘must’. For example, Member States may respect the family unity, but neither Qualification, nor Family Reunification Directive says anything that thay ‘should’ or ‘must’. That’s the problem.

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