Maria Giovanni Manieri is the Political Advisor on Migration and Asylum for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. She is a human rights lawyer, specialised in migrants’ rights and asylum. She previously worked as Programme Officer for the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), where she has been responsible for developing the organisation’s legal strategies and work on borders and detention. She also represented PICUM before the Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights and FRA Fundamental Rights Platform. Maria Giovanna also worked as human rights lawyer in the UK and in Spain and on the issue of internal forced displacement at the Italian embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied law at the University of Bologna in Italy and at King’s College, University of London, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic School.
It would be an illusion to believe that irregular migration will come to an end as a result of the legally dubious deal agreed between EU leaders and Turkey on 18 March 2016. Instead, we should recognise that migration is a natural human phenomenon, which has to be managed as such, and reform the dysfunctional EU framework on asylum and migration.Read more