EU to have re­forms in asy­lum sys­tem

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BRUS­SELS—The Euro­pean Union’s ex­ec­u­tive will pro­pose a re­form of the bloc’s asy­lum rules on Wed­nes­day, EU sources said, that re­flects cau­tion in the face of deep di­vi­sions among gov­ern­ments about how to han­dle the mi­gra­tion cri­sis.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion last month floated scrap­ping a rule in the so-called Dublin sys­tem that gives re- and ASEAN.

Echo­ing Xi, Bounnhang said he be­lieved this visit will im­prove high­level mu­tual trust and that the new spon­si­bil­ity for han­dling asy­lum claims to the first EU state a per­son en­ters — a rule that has placed heavy bur­dens on Greece and Italy.

How­ever, two sources said, it would now is­sue a leg­isla­tive pro­posal re­tain­ing the “first coun­try” prin­ci­ple while in­clud­ing a cen­tral scheme to spread claimants around Europe to give the front­line states the chance to re­lo­cate asy­lum seek­ers to other EU coun­tries if ar­rivals on their bor­ders are too high.

An emer­gency re­lo­ca­tion sys­tem set up last year af­ter record num­bers of refugees and mi­grants reached Greece was agreed in the face of fierce op­po­si­tion from east Euro­peans. Slo­vakia and Hun­gary have chal­lenged the le­gal­ity of the mea­sure and Hun­gary plans a ref­er­en­dum on any more quo­tas this au­tumn.

Any pro­posal will need to win the back­ing of a ma­jor­ity of the 28 EU states as well as the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment for it to be en­acted and EU of­fi­cials and diplo­mats do not ex­pect agree­ment swiftly.

An EU source said separately that the Com­mis­sion would also pro­pose a “fi­nan­cial sanc­tion mech­a­nism” for coun­tries that refuse to take in claimants.

“It should there­fore go be­yond sym­bol­ism but be un­der­stood as pro­hib­i­tive pric­ing,” two peo­ples.

Bounnhang thanked China for its sup­port to Laos’ hold­ing the ASEAN’s ro­tat­ing chair this year. the source said. “If a mem­ber state does not show sol­i­dar­ity in tak­ing in refugees, it has to com­pen­sate with fi­nan­cial sol­i­dar­ity.”

Last year, a Com­mis­sion sug­ges­tion that would have given coun­tries an op­tion to pay 0.002 per­cent of na­tional in­come to help mi­grants in­stead of tak­ing in asy­lum seek­ers was not en­dorsed by lead­ers. One east Euro­pean diplo­mat in Brus­sels said a new pro­posal for fi­nan­cial peace­ful re­gional and world de­vel­op­ment. The two lead­ers wit­nessed the sign­ing of a se­ries of co­op­er­a­tive doc­u­ments. more than a mil­lion mi­grants who ar­rived in the bloc last year - is keen to see a per­ma­nent mech­a­nism to share out the load.

Ex-com­mu­nist states in cen­tral and east­ern Europe say their ho­mo­ge­neous so­ci­eties are ill equipped to take in large num­bers of mi­grants, es­pe­cially from the Mid­dle East or Africa.

Diplo­mats spec­u­late that the divi­sion over mi­gra­tion be­tween East­ern states and

Of­fi­cials hope, how­ever, that an EU agree­ment with Turkey last month that has seen a sharp drop in refugees ar­riv­ing in Greece could ease in­ter­nal ten­sions over the mi­gra­tion is­sue, which has fu­eled a rise in na­tion­al­ist par­ties across Europe.

Also on Wed­nes­day, the Com­mis­sion is set to pro­pose eas­ing visa re­quire­ments for Turks as part of the deal, though that also faces dif­fi­cul­ties with gov­ern­ments and

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