Viewpoint: Hindering humanitarianism: European Commission will not ensure protection for those supporting sans-papiers
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A new European Commission evaluation of EU laws on migrant smuggling concludes there is a need to improve the situation around "the perceived risk of criminalisation of humanitarian assistance" to "irregular" migrants. The Commission argues that the answer to the problem is "effective implementation of the existing legal framework" - but it is the laws currently in place, which let Member States decide whether or not to punish humanitarian assistance, that permits the existence in some EU Member States of a very real risk of criminalisation.
See: Hindering humanitarianism: European Commission will not ensure protection for those supporting sans-papiers (pdf)
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