21/01/2021 Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons
The Migration Committee called on national parliaments to mobilize for the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees by all Council of Europe member states. The Commission is convinced "that by joining forces, parliaments can change the course of things at the national, regional and global levels".
These international instruments of the United Nations, non-binding and optional, constitute according to the Commission "an unprecedented push forward for the protection of the human rights of refugees and migrants". They create a better defined framework for international cooperation and development and set clear guidelines for targeted actions and support programs.
Parliamentarians should start, the Commission believes, by tackling the root causes of displacement, helping the countries of origin of refugees and migrants to recover "through development cooperation, and by strengthening international solidarity ".
In the draft resolution adopted, based on the report prepared by Nicos Tornaritis (Cyprus, EPP / CD), the Committees lists a number of parliamentary action measures based on their functions of representation, legislation, control and international parliamentary diplomacy .