In 2014, thousands of refugees died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The overall number of migrant arrivals last year via the Mediterranean was over 150,000. Only within these last weeks, two cargo ships were rescued in the Mediterranean: the Blue Sky M and the Ezadeen with hundreds of migrants on board.
Abandoning vessels packed with people is one of the most horrifying tactics employed by traffickers, who reap millions in profits from this illegal business. In his statement on January 2nd, 2015 Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Commissioner for migration called for a "decisive and coordinated EU-wide action" against the traffickers.
The figures stated above could not be a clearer sign that the EU needs to react now to make the Common European Asylum Policy a reality, based on solidarity at three levels: within the Member States, on international and the local level. The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) has prepared twelve proposals to serve the purpose of advancing the European Asylum Policy. The proposals are based on the debates within the annual conference “Call to Europe IV: Building Solidarity in Asylum Policy" organised by FEPS together with its partners in November 2014 in Brussels.