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Border control, security, crisis, solidarity. And progress, threat, commitment, illegal. These are the terms revolving around the hashtag #migration in tweets posted by MEPs over the last three months. Migration, at this moment in history, is a controversial topic in many European countries, where positions are diverse, and feelings are polarised.
The prevailing mood is reflected in statements posted by MEPs on Twitter. While on the one hand we see terms like “commitment”, “support” and “prosperity”, contrasting terms like “threat”, “crisis”, “illegal” and “undermine” are also plain to see.
Tracking tweets posted by MEPs usually leads to interesting indications of activities within European institutions. But the #migration hashtag is unique, showing strongly divergent views, coupled for the most part with opinions and positions.
Miriam Dalli’s tweet is an exception, announcing the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs’ approval of the Asylum and Migration Fund (debate is scheduled for the next European Parliament plenary session). From the press we learn that the fund is to be accompanied by financing for “integrated border management”.
The rest of the tweets mostly use the hashtag to talk about official positions taken by MEPs’ respective European Parliament groups. For example, juxtaposing tweets by two of the larger groups demonstrates the divergences rather clearly.
Jan Zahradil, from the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) claims that every nation has the right to grant asylum and protection, but solidarity cannot be forced:
Roberta Metsola, member of the European People’s Party (EPP), promises to improve security and efforts against cross-border crime before the end of the legislative cycle:
Elsewhere, S&D member Maria João Rodrigues emphasises dramatic events in the Mediterranean, demanding a European policy for managing migration: