COMECE Working Group on Migration: preventive trafficking and protecting refugees
The COMECE Working Group on Migration and Asylum discussed the current EU challenges in the fight against trafficking in human being and in the protection of refugees. Held on 22 November, the working group gathered experts from Bishops’ conferences together with representatives of Catholic organizations and EU officials.
The participants examined the post-2016 framework in the fight against the trafficking in human beings, calling the EU to upgrade its preventive measures in order to avoid potential victims to be trapped by criminal organisations profiting from what Pope Francis labelled as a “plague on the body of contemporary humanity”.
Following the recent European Council Conclusions addressing the issue of migration, COMECE examined the proposed concept of regional disembarkation platforms looking for quick and safe disembarkation of rescued people on both sides of the Mediterranean. The COMECE Working Group analysed the impact of this proposal on human dignity and on rights of migrants and refugees.
In view of the upcoming vote of the EU Parliament on the Report with recommendations to the Commission on the European Humanitarian Visas, COMECE urged the EU to give effective and positive answers to situations where life, integrity and dignity of human beings are at risk and must be protected under the international law.
During the meeting, the COMECE experts also discussed the current status of the UN Global Compact on Migration that shall be adopted in Marrakesh in December 2018, for which the Migration Section of the Integral Human Development Dicastery of the Holy See published its 20 actions points.