Friday, 3/4/2020 | 8:41 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

Written question – Establishment of safe routes – E-003521/2017

Today was a black day in the Mediterranean. Authorities, NGOs and privately owned vessels laboured to rescue around 1 700 migrants waiting, crowded together in flimsy boats, some 30 miles off the Libyan coast. The number of dead is still being counted.

This route from Libya to Italy is in fact one of the most frequently used. Parliament has called on many occasions for safe, legal routes to Europe, as has the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The routes are known and the lack of action at source only causes the number of deaths to rise. Over 5 000 people died in the Mediterranean in 2016 alone.

Is the Commission thinking, therefore, of presenting a proposal on establishing safe, legal routes, which could take the form of corridors or through humanitarian visas?