Belgium’s refusal to grant humanitarian visas to a Syrian family who turned up at the Beirut embassy has led to the case being brought before the European Court of Human Rights.
A legislative proposal by a Spanish MEP, calling for the issuance of humanitarian visas, was approved in December in the European Parliament. This is a significant step towards the creation of more safe and legal pathways for refugees.
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice sent a worrying message when it ruled that EU states are not required to provide humanitarian visas to every individual who is forced to flee inhuman and degrading situations.
Belgium refused to accept a court decision that had ordered the secretary of state for migration and asylum to issue a visa to a Syrian family. Several NGOs are now urgently calling on the United Nations and the Council of Europe to save the rule of law.
Is an EU country obliged to grant humanitarian visas to people who are not yet on its territory? The European Court of Justice will answer this question in the case of a Syrian family of four who filed a request for a...
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