The UN Refugee Agency steps up efforts to manage the crisis.
SNP member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith has welcomed publication of the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) plan for enhanced operational response and assistance to countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, faced with significant numbers of migrants and refugees seeking to enter Europe.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has warned EU representatives of the danger of inadvertently assisting the Assad regime, as a lesser evil compared to ISIS and the impact our actions have in the eyes of the population of Syria.Read more
Alyn Smith SNP MEP has today praised the European Parliament for adopting a groundbreaking new report on gender equality.Read more
SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith welcomes the progress made across Europe in protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people but is concerned by the continued levels of discrimination across the EU.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has called for new democratic rights to be upheld amidst fears that the security agenda could undermine freedoms in Tunisia.Read more
As the dust settles on the election and we all start to work out what the election result means for Scotland, only a few facts are clear.
Alyn Smith, member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, continues to stress the need for dedicated search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean, following a debate and a vote in the European Parliament on a resolution concerning the ongoing migration crisis.
Last week, myself and local SNP candidate Dr Lisa Cameron saw one of the most worrying sites in Scotland. Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre is a prison where some of the world’s most vulnerable people are locked up, without trial and without time restraint. The UK Government calls such places “migrant detention centres” but let me be clear: I have seen the razor wire and if Dungavel isn’t a prison, I don’t know what is.
Published in The National 27 April 2015Read more
Alyn Smith SNP MEP, has written to the European Commission to highlight the urgent need for diversification in developing countries.Read more