German Asylum plan: Greece & Italy to keep carrying the migration burden
February 8, 2020
Greece and Italy will keep carrying the whole burden of migration should the European Union approve the German asylum reform plan that wants asylum-seekers to be stuck for a long period of time in the countries considered as “EU’s external borders.” On Friday, the German coalition government partners have agree to a plan to reform the European asylum policy. Berlin will propose the plan to EU once it assumes the rotating EU Presidency in the second half of 2020.
The plan was agreed between the coalition partners Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian-socialists (CSU) and Social-democrats (SPD), news agency dpa reported.
Among others, the plan foresees the “preliminary examination” of asylum applications in the countries of entry. This will quickly determine whether a refugee or immigrant has realistic prospects of being recognized as a politically persecuted or refugee.
In the event of a positive preliminary examination, the asylum-seeker should be allocated to the Member States of the European Union in a fair process. This so-called “fair distribution” principle will be based on the population and economic power of individual countries.
It is noted that under the Dublin system currently in force, the asylum seeker must submit his application to the first country of the European Union in which he was registered. That is why countries at the external borders, such as Greece and Italy, are particularly burdened, dpa notes..