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Amnesty International calls for more protection for asylum seekers

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Amnesty International calls for more protection for asylum seekers


A Somalian man speaks about his struggle to flee the country’s civil war two decades ago.

“I was under stress, under anxiety and all the time I dream a lot. Some times I thought that I never will make it.”

He tells a similar tale to those told by the 1.5 million refugees in Europe.

Refugees are those forced to leave their country because their lives are in danger.

He continued, “I took me a year and several month when I finally reached my destination. But sometimes when I used to get caught in some of the countries I used to pass, they used to detain us for several days, in some countries for several months according to their laws.”

Human rights groups such as Amnesty International are urging the European Parliament to better scrutinize how border controls are applied.

Spanish MEP Juan Fernando Lopez Agiular said, “We have got to pay respect to the fundamental rights, but we have to pay respect to ourselves, which is to show compassion and solidarity to those third countries which need the cooperation by the European Union.”

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