Immigration is instrumental both for modernisation of societies and for Europe’s survival

European states should acknowledge that immigration into Europe is both instrumental for “renewed dynamic and modernisation of societies” and for Europe’s survival of the ‘demographic winter’ which the continent is entering, PACE declared today.

According to the parliamentarians, no comprehensive humanitarian and political response has yet been given to the challenges raised by the large-scale migratory and refugee flows into Europe. The crisis is more a political issue of migration management policy than of lack of resources or capacity.

The parliamentarians adopted a resolution, based on the report prepared by Duarte Marques (Portugal, PPE/DC), which underlines that a comprehensive humanitarian and political response to the challenges raised by large-scale migratory and refugee flows into Europe should be based on the principles of human dignity and solidarity and aim at improving co-operation and harmonising human rights protection.

Council of Europe member states should respect the rights and dignity of all refugees and asylum-seekers, ensure refugees and asylum seekers’ access to legal protection and assistance and their right to appeal and align as far as possible levels of protection and social and financial assistance having regard to the cost of living.