The large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on Europe’s southern shores
- Parliamentary Assembly
- Assembly debate on
14 April 2011 (16th Sitting) (see Doc. 12581, report of the Committee
on Migration, Refugees and Population, rapporteur: Ms Strik). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 14 April 2011 (16th Sitting).
The Parliamentary Assembly refers
to its Resolution 1805
on the large-scale arrival of irregular migrants,
asylum seekers and refugees on Europe’s southern shores.
2. In this context, the Assembly welcomes, following the initiative
of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the quick response
given by the Committee of Ministers relating to the Organisation’s
possible action in the event of mass arrivals of asylum seekers
and migrants from the southern Mediterranean region. It also welcomes
the support given by the Committee of Ministers to the Secretary
General’s proposals regarding the development of emergency action
plans and the training of officials dealing with requests for asylum.
3. While hoping that these measures will be implemented without
delay, the Assembly stresses that the Council of Europe has a greater
role to play, both in the short and long term.
4. The Assembly believes that its own experience, the experience
of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and the experience of
the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights could be helpful
for the authorities involved in dealing with these large-scale arrivals
of migrants and asylum seekers. It recommends that the Council of
Europe bring together those responsible for reception and detention
in member states, along with relevant Council of Europe bodies,
to look at best practices and methods of co-operation to ensure
the protection of minimum standards of human rights and clarity
on what is expected from member states.
5. The Assembly also urges the Committee of Ministers to examine,
with the Council of Europe Development Bank, the extent to which
it can support member states in the reception of irregular migrants, refugees
and asylum seekers, and the integration of those in need of international