11th December: EU vote on humanitarian visa
The motion was backed by 429 MEPs! (194 voted against and 41 abstained)
Today, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to table a legislative proposal introducing humanitarian visas by 31 March 2019. Such a visa would facilitate legal access to the issuing EU Member State for the purpose of applying for international protection.
This is a first step towards creating legal pathways for those seeking protection and ending the deaths at the EU's external borders. A very small step, but a positive sign.
More detailed information can be found in the press release of the European Parliament.