The way forward for Frontex and the European Asylum Support Office

 

Commissioner,

This is an issue which we have found ourselves talking about many times over the last few months.

That is not because we wish to repeat ourselves, but because the same challenges remain and the same concerns are in place when it comes to the situation faced by the European Union as a whole with regards to Immigration.  

I believe that the European Asylum Support Office and the FRONTEX agency have a large and important role to play in the challenges which we face to manage migration into the EU and secure the EU's external border.

These are two agencies whose work I support, but my overall concerns remain the same:

More must be done to assist Member States who receive large numbers of migrants: too many migrants slip through the net and aren't processed; they remain in Europe vulnerable to exploitation, undocumented or here without sufficient justification;

More must be done to save the lives of those who tragically perish at sea, and much much more must be done to catch, detain and prosecute the perpetrators of human trafficking into the EU;

More must be done to assist Member States in the integration and resettlement of Asylum Seekers;

More must be done by the European Commission to ensure that those countries where migrants first arrive properly process asylum seekers as soon as they arrive. They are obligated to do this, and to not do so not only places the burden upon other Member States, but leaves migrants vulnerable, and I particularly stress this with regard to migrant children.

More must be done to improve the detention conditions of those who come and claim asylum in the EU: there is no excuse for the poor treatment of anyone in any circumstances.

I have heard many times about the need for more solidarity, for more resources, for cooperation from the Commission. But we can all talk in generalities.

The Commission needs to give a clear strategy and a clear way forward, so that this Parliament and European citizens can regain confidence that the European Asylum System is working fairly and efficiently, so that it benefits both those seeking genuine asylum, and the citizens of the EU.