April 14, 2008
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.Author : EMI