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Event date: 09/07/2019


The number of international migrants worldwide has continued to grow rapidly in recent years, reaching 258 million in 2017, up from 220 million in 2010 and 173 million in 2000.

Refugee movements and migration are at the centre of global attention. In recent years, Europe has had to respond to the most severe migratory challenge since the end of the Second World War. The unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants in the EU, which peaked in 2015, exposed a series of deficiencies and gaps in EU policies on asylum, external borders and migration.

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Debate with Margaritis SCHINAS, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life and Ylva JOHANSSON, Commissioner for Home Affairs following their presentation of the New Pact on Asylum and Migration

MEPs debate the humanitarian crisis on the island of Lesbos, following the fire that razed the Moria refugee camp.

The Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) exchange views with Miltiadis VARVITSIOTIS, Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs for European Affairs, in the European Parliament in Brussels.

During the plenary session (9-12 March 2020), MEPs discuss the refugee crisis on the Greek-Turkish border on 10th March

David SASSOLI, EP President,Ursula VON DER LEYEN, President of the Commission and Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council in Greece

MEPs discuss the situation of migrants in Bosnia, in particular in Bihać, in the European Parliament in Brussels.

During the plenary session (15-18 July 2019) of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs debate humanitarian assistance in the Mediterranean.