Integrated actions and humanitarian aid needed for the European Agenda on migration
The European Union is witnessing perhaps the largest scale of immigration wave ever, with some 153,000 migrants who have been detected at its external borders since the beginning of this year and arriving at its “gates”. In their exhausting escape from civil war, despair, famine and misery using dangerous routes, every day they risk kidnapping, human trafficking, robbery, jail and even death.
Recent events happened in Southern Italy, Greece and at the border between Serbia and Hungary, with the building of barbed wire fence by the Hungarian government, are clear evidence of the necessity of humanitarian aid for these people, who should be provided with shelter, food, health care.
Besides the need to fight against the organised crime of the human trafficking and smuggling, ALDA calls for immediate actions guaranteeing adequate humanitarian aid, psychological and counseling support, especially in the host communities along the EU external borderline, and strongly urges for coordinated actions by the government institutions, Red Cross and other civil society organizations in order to ensure migrants to have access to healthcare, medical and sanitation services in both transit and host countries.
Finally, we confirm our commitments with our co-operation programmes, which are effectively contributing to the European year for Development 2015, through actions aimed at supporting local authorities that can play a bigger role in helping migrants, who can be active partners in development and not a burden on society.