Western societies are immensely divided by issues related to asylum and migration. The challenge for young liberals today is to defend the core values of open society and liberal democracy. LYMEC calls for a harmonised immigration and refugee policy, while the EU should further strengthen the role of the European Asylum Support Office.
The Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (1992) defines a minority as persons belonging to a "national or ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic identity". LYMEC would expand this definition to include gender, sexuality, and people with disabilities. LYMEC calls on the EU to ensure the protection of minority rights and to actively promote the protection of minorities abroad, and calls upon the Commission to develop a mechanism to monitor the respect for minority rights within member states.