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Conclusions of the IPCM European seminar on immigration in Melilla

fronteraTogether with EZA, the IPCM co-organised a European seminar on immigration in the city of Melilla (Spain), on 23-26 February 2017.

Its members visited the city and became acquainted with its culture, the border fence, the passage of vehicles and pedestrians across the border and the CETI (Temporary accommodation centre for immigrants).

As a result, the IPCM:

Acknowledges with satisfaction the efforts of the people and authorities of Melilla to build a city that is a model of coexistence and social cohesion in a society characterised by cultural and religious diversity.

Appreciates the complex work of the Spanish authorities on this land border of the EU, across which 40,000 people pass daily, freely and in a normal way. It also values ??the work of reception and identification of refugees and immigrants, security and good neighbourliness with Morocco.

Strongly reaffirms the need to achieve a common European immigration and asylum policy, which would give consistent answers to the challenges presented and analysed at this seminar, with particular reference to Spain, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Italy and France.

Calls on authorities and individuals to reinforce development cooperation generously, in particular through NGOs, in order to contribute to improving living conditions for people in their countries of origin.

Strongly supports human development, human rights, the right to emigrate and not to, international law and good international relations.

Calls for greater respect and care for people arriving from distant locations, even if they are in a situation of illegality or lack of documentation; and calls for firm reinforcement of the fight against trafficking in human beings and other threats to life and dignity.

Sincerely thanks EZA for its co-organisation, EZA, the European Union for its funding and the technical organisation dept. of Humanism and Democracy (H+D). It also gratefully acknowledges the hospitality and cordiality of the city of Melilla, received through the local and state authorities, representatives of cultural or religious communities, and the special attention of the media.

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