A more humane and safe asylum system

Asylum seekers and refugees in Europe endure distressing conditions due to delayed decisions, inhumane reception conditions, mass detention and exclusion at EU borders. The distribution of asylum seekers within the European Union also remains contentious, leaving vulnerable people in legal limbo.

Volt is proposing a system which will protect the individuals travelling into Europe, and ensure there is a safe regular pathway available to them. Simultaneously, we want to ensure that the disproportionate pressure on border Member States is eased, and that a system is created which distributes asylum seekers evenly within the boundaries of objective criteria. 

This vision will be realised through concrete solutions, which establish a common, swift and fair asylum procedure and reception. A fair relocation system will be triggered upon arrival, which considers personal preference, and immediate access to social, legal, medical and psychological assistance will be prioritised. Integration, and the recognition of potential contribution to society will be promoted. 

We also emphasise the protection of human rights, whilst monitoring violations of those rights. A forward looking approach means that addressing the challenges of climate induced displacement, and legally recognizing climate refugees are top priorities.

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Right to seek asylum

There should be a fair right to seek asylum, which upholds human rights, affords protection under the Geneva Convention, and is not outsourced to remote locations or third countries.

Safe and regular pathways for refugees

Safe pathways to the EU must be established in order to stop the massive losses of life due to individuals resorting to dangerous routes.

Humane, fast and fair asylum procedures

We must create a swift and safe system to register asylum seekers upon arrival. This should include efficient registration centres at EU borders, offering adequate support to vulnerable people, and protecting children by ensuring they are never detained.

Common European Asylum System

We should establish a Common European Asylum system, that ensures an asylum procedure takes a maximum of 3 months from entering the country to the first decision, but which also looks after the social, legal and psychological well being of applicants.

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental Challenges that need to be tackled in each European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 Challenges?

The 5 Challenges are basically the same for every country, but their implementation can be adapted on the national level to take into account local realities.

The +1 Challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – is identical across all our national programmes.

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  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy must be the engine of society's progress

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No-one should be left behind - no matter their gender, income, religion. or origin

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    People must be empowered to influence politics beyond elections alone

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement