Episodes of "Africa in Focus"
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pan-African Parliament :PRESS RELEASE ON THE MIGRANT BOAT CRISIS
The Pan African Parliament (PAP) is gravely saddened and concerned about the continued, unfortunate and avoidable death of African migrants while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Current reports indicate that about 1200 migrants have died in the month of April 2015 while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.
This unfortunate situation where our young men and women risk their lives in search of greener pastures cannot be allowed to continue. The Pan African Parliament recognizes that migration represents one of the critical issues threatening our continental peace and security and further calls on Members States of the European Union to ease stringent immigration policies and put in place a humane and positive institutional framework that will allow clear support for lawful migration.
The Pan African Parliament therefore calls on all AU member governments to develop a continental response to the problem of youth unemployment and sensitize our youths on the risk of illegal migration. Our leaders must also develop policies and put in place put in place a humane and tangible institutional framework that allows clear support for lawful migration.
H.E. HON BETHEL NNAEMEKA AMADI PRESIDENT: PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT