Outcry Over EU 'way Of Life' Migration Portfolio
Muhammad Irfan 5 days ago Tue 10th September 2019 | 11:10 PM
Brussels, Sept 10 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Sep, 2019 ) :An EU Commission proposal to brand its powerful migration portfolio as "protecting the European way of life" sparked outrage from some European lawmakers Tuesday who called it a worrying use of far-right rhetoric.
Migration is an explosive topic for the von der Leyen commission that is taking office on November 1 for the next five years, with far-right parties making electoral gains Europe-wide on talk of a migration invasion from Africa and the middle East.
The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, is accused of doing too little to stop migrants from making their way to Europe. The topic became a full blown crisis in 2015 when more than a million mostly Syrian refugees made their way to the continent.
"It is scary to see a proposal for a portfolio on 'Protecting the European way of life' which includes migration and border protection," said MEP Ska Keller, who is co-head of the Greens group in the European Parliament.
"We hope President von der Leyen does not see a contradiction between supporting refugees and European values," she added.
"This sends a worrying message," said Stefan Simanowitz of Amnesty International.
"Our European way of life is holding up our values. The beauty of the dignity of every single human being is one of the most precious values," she told a news briefing.