EU Migration Consensus: More Deportations For More Cooperation

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Tougher vetting, detailed border control and discouragement of the immigration for non-asylum seekers - these are new conditions for the reception of refugees by the European Union countries.

Ylva Johansson, the EU Commissioner for Migration, thinks she knows what people in Europe want to hear from Brussels. There needs to be more deportations, the Swede repeatedly points out in her talks. Those who have no rights should go home - that's what the citizens ask of us, stated Ms Johansson. The message is: you will return.

We are talking about the new EU Migration Pact suggested by the EU Commission. One of the most important "flagship initiatives" of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, as her deputy responsible for migration, the Greek EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, puts it. A new start in the deadlocked refugee policy should succeed.

EU Commissioner Johansson emphasises that only 140,000 refugees in the EU asked for asylum in 2019. A third of them, according to Johansson, are political refugees who well deserved their right to asylum in the EU. That leaves those two thirds from the border, around 93,000 refugees in 2019, who had no reason for asylum and, in accordance with the measures now envisaged in the Migration Pact, are to be rejected more quickly in future. We have to manage these 140,000 much better than before, stated Ms. Johansson. As if the big "flagship initiative" was really only about the population of a medium-sized city.

Ms. Ursula von der Leyen sounded: Moria is a strong warning that we all have to do more, stressed the EU Commission President, referring to the recent fire in a refugee camp in Greece. The new proposals provide for "a fair and equitable balance between responsibility and solidarity between Member States". Together we have to show that Europe manages migration humanely and effectively, stated von der Leyen.

What follows is a bundle of measures on how to deal with refugees arriving on a Greek island or elsewhere in the EU differently in the future. They will soon be examined and identified for five days on arrival, following an EU-standardised procedure for the border authorities of all EU countries. This should be done much more thoroughly than before.

The authorities should ask about family members in the EU, previous visits and visas. That is the big difference to the previous Dublin procedure, according to which every refugee who arrives is simply assigned to the country of his or her arrival. The five-day border control is supposed to have another benefit: Anyone who comes from a country whose recognition rate for asylum procedures across Europe is below 20 percent will immediately be put into a twelve-week fast-track procedure at the border, after which they are threatened with rapid deportation.


 


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