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Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity

Top Story - 31-07-2015
Make-shift shelter. New jungle next to migrant reception centre Jules Ferry.
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While countries such as Italy, Greece and Spain are dealing with an influx of asylum seekers and migrants, a bottleneck is forming in the French port city of Calais, where the numbers of migrants hoping to make it to England have reached staggering proportions.

During a recent delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily, MEPs said that EU countries affected by the situation should receive more help from the other member states.    

On 16 July Parliament's civil liberties committee approved the Commission plans for a binding emergency redistribution of at least 40,000 asylum seekers across the EU. MEPs have been pushing for a stronger common asylum policy and binding quotas for EU member states to take in asylum seekers.

Parliament will vote on a position in September. More information and debate from EP LinkedIn

We have compiled a package of video reports on border checks in Spain and the 'Fence' in Morocco; video and photo reportages of the migrant camp in Calais; as well as the visit of an MEP delegation to Italy.

The images speak for themselves.

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