Abandoned and lacking accesible legal alternatives, with increasingly restrictive border controls that stretch far beyond European territory, the refugees that need international protection see no option but to resort to alternative access methods. These methods carry the consequential exposure to exploitation and abuse perpetrated by smugglers and human traffickers.
The member states of the European Union should increase the number and availability of secure and legal channels for the protection of refugees, among which the following should be included: admission & resettlement programs, humanitarian visas, community and private sponsorships, wider & more effective family reunification procedures, the opening of labor migration, educational exchanges and scholarship programs. The remodeling of the European Union’s visa code currently underway is a unique opportunity to further reinforce the legal frame of the European Union in this regard.
The charter also shows that these resettlement programs shouldn’t be used as negotiation tools to compel other countries to cooperate on migration control, readmission and prevention of irregular migration or quid pro quo agreements that exchange asylum applicants for refugees as if they were interchangeable goods.