EU: Migration Pact is not a fresh start but a false start

Responding to the European Commission’s newly unveiled migration pact, Amnesty International’s EU Advocacy Director, Eve Geddie, said:  

“Pitched as a fresh start, this pact is, in reality, designed to heighten walls and strengthen fences. Rather than offering any new approach to facilitate bringing people to safety, this appears to be an attempt to rebrand a system which has been failing for years, with dire consequences.  

Pitched as a fresh start, this pact is, in reality, designed to heighten walls and strengthen fence
Eve Geddes, Amnesty International

“This pact will do nothing to alleviate the suffering of thousands of people stuck in camps on the Greek islands, or in detention centres in Libya. Nor will it provide the needed support to countries where people seeking safety first arrive.

“While the commitment to monitor abuses at the borders is welcome, this does not make up for the fact that the pact makes detention the norm and relies on deterrence, containment in camps and cooperation with abusive governments.  

This pact will do nothing to alleviate the suffering of thousands of people stuck in camps on the Greek islands, or in detention centres in Libya
Eve Geddes, Amnesty International

“European decision makers must now improve these proposals by investing in people’s dignity and protection. They must  develop an ambitious plan for safe and legal pathways, and ensure a humane and sustainable approach built to last.”

For more information or to arrange an interview contact: stefan.simanowitz@amnesty.org / +447936766445 or +44 2030365599­