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The increasing number of people in need of international protection perishing on their way to safety is a sinister reminder of the limitations of the current international protection regime. Entitlements to the rights recognised by international and regional protection systems, including under the EU’s Common European Asylum System (CEAS), are accessible only to those who manage to reach the physical borders of the host state.
Recommendations from the National Red Cross Societies in the European Union and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
In 2016, the European Commission launched a reform process looking at the European Union’s (EU) asylum framework, with a view to further harmonising asylum procedures and standards, and implementing a fair and sustainable mechanism to distribute asylum applicants among Member States. One of the European Commission’s key objectives is to prevent abuse of the system and limit secondary movements of asylum seekers within the EU.
The Austrian Red Cross, in collaboration with the Bulgarian Red Cross, the French Red Cross, the Latvian Red Cross, the Romanian Red Cross and the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, implemented the EU-funded Aware & Resilient Project from April 2013 to May 2015.
The views expressed in this paper are the author’s, Dr Moreno-Lax, only and do not necessarily represent the position of the Red Cross EU Office.
1 Introduction: The Access Crisis
Brussels, 17 December 2015 - Limited access to basic services, arbitrary detention, violence and abuse, losing touch with loved ones, or facing possible death: these are some of the risks that migrants face on their way to the European Union (EU).
Most of the migrants arriving on our shores have been through a long and traumatic journey to reach safety in the EU. The limited opportunities for safe and legal migration drive many migrants to resort to the services of smugglers, embarking on dangerous sea or land voyages.
Reception of asylum seekers: dignified standards must be maintained across the European Union
Brussels, 25 November 2015: Since the beginning of 2015, over 850,000 migrants have entered the EU . With 85% coming from the world’s top ten refugee-producing countries, the number of asylum applications in European Union (EU) Member States is on the rise. Reception systems across the EU are currently under unprecedented strain.
Recommendations from the National Red Cross Societies in the European Union and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (1)