The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population has taken
note of the report on the recent rise in national security discourse
in Europe: the case of Roma, prepared by the rapporteur of the Political
Affairs Committee, Mrs Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) and approves
the proposed draft resolution as a whole.
While it is clear that the Roma minority faces serious difficulties
throughout Europe, the committee is of the opinion that the oft
voiced media equation Roma = migrants/irregular migrants = criminals
is not only wrong, but is in particular dangerous. Trying to resolve
the situation of Roma in Europe solely through migration management
policies is far too simplistic an approach. The committee furthermore
reminds member states of their obligations to comply with human
rights principles and Council of Europe’s conventions when they
carry out expulsions from their territory.