In response to the European Commission’s statement today on creating safe and regular pathways for migrants, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Campaign Manager, Claire Seaward, said:
”Proposals to increase safe and regular pathways for migrants, including refugees, are much needed. But the European Commission must recognize the massive gap between their talk on policy and the reality people are facing.
"Europe is ignoring the brutal reality its policies are causing for people already on its shores. Migrants stranded in Greece and in Italy are being denied basic rights and are in a terrible state of despair, but the European Commission is talking about extending the 'hotspots approach' rather than improving it."