‘Share refugee bur­den or face up to a fine’

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Euro­pean Union coun­tries that refuse to ac­cept refugees un­der pro­pos­als to over­haul the EU’s failed asy­lum laws could face large fines for each asy­lum seeker re­jected. The penal­ties are part of a Euro­pean Com­mis­sion plan to more evenly share the bur­den of host­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple flee­ing con­flict and vi­o­lence in places like Syria, with the cur­rent asy­lum sys­tem on the verge of col­lapse. One doc­u­ment seen by The As­so­ci­ated Press shows that the fines - dubbed a “sol­i­dar­ity con­tri­bu­tion” - could to­tal 250,000 eu­ros ($287,300) for each asy­lum seeker a coun­try turns down. The plan still has to be ac­cepted by a large ma­jor­ity of mem­ber coun­tries - around two-thirds un­der the bloc’s qual­i­fied ma­jor­ity sys­tem - and EU law­mak­ers. The fine, which will prove con­tro­ver­sial as some coun­tries al­ready ve­he­mently op­pose the cur­rent EU scheme to share 160,000 refugees in Greece and Italy. Hun­gary has even moved to hold a ref­er­en­dum on the is­sue.

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