MAYDAY! Strengthening responses of assistance and protection to boat people

MAYDAY!Geneva, 14 December 2011 - MAYDAY! From the French “Venez m’aider”: come help me! This is the call of boat people today, and those in governments, civil society and humanitarian actors at all levels concerned that the times, the facts, the laws, and the practical responses to boat people and other migrants travelling and arriving in distress require examination and improvement.

The report sheds light on gaps in responding to boat people and other migrants arriving in Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain and includes detailed information obtained from country surveys, interviews with government officials and NGOs as well as surveys with migrants. It further looks at good practices developed and provides recommendations to stakeholders. It calls on the European Commission and its agencies—especially the new European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the European external borders agency FRONTEX and the Fundamental Rights Agency, to jointly develop a framework to promote protection–sensitive procedures at borders and points of embarkation.