What we are witnessing is an international humanitarian crisis. The EU urgently needs a cohesive plan to manage the reception and redistribution of migrants arriving both through the Mediterranean and now increasingly across land borders.
The EU must do what it was brought in existence to do - show solidarity between members, and show the rest of the world that the EU is a union of values - that it is capable of managing a migration policy with fair rules, compassion, and the rule of law. Ahead of the emergency migration summit on September 14, it is crucial that the UK shows international solidarity and opts-in to key measures to help refugees coming to Europe.
Next week the European Parliament will vote on proposals made by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee calling for the equitable distribution of refugees across the European Union. Labour MEPs will continue to push for a critical upgrade of the EU’s response. Particularly in relation to reception conditions and responsibility sharing of refugees between member states and tackling people smugglers.