Every year, thousands of migrants and refugees try to reach Europe. The response of the European Union (EU) and its member states has been to invest in surveillance technology, security forces and detention centres with one overriding aim: to construct an impenetrable fortress at Europe’s borders to keep people out. This report describes some of the key elements of the EU’s migration policy and how this policy plays out at the EU border where Bulgaria and Greece meet Turkey, one of the main routes used by Syrian refugees seeking safety in the EU.
Amnesty claims that between 2007 and 2013, the EU has spent nearly 2 Billion Euros on fences and walls, whereas only 700 Million have been spent on refugees. Only Italy would take over responsibility to save refugees at the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the EU would cooperate with neighbouring countries which detain or even torture refugees to prevent them from moving on to Europe. Amnesty is asking for safe escape routes to Europe for people in need of protection.
The report is available in English, Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish and Spanish (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/EUR05/001/2014/en)
Language(s): Englisch / English