Europe asylum laws face scrutiny in migrant crisis
Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis since World War II, but the response by the 28-member European Union is hamstrung by a web of complicated rules governing asylum seekers. Designed to reassure Europeans worried over any massive influx of immigrants, the rules, known as the Dublin system, are at breaking point, while individual countries have their own rules on how to grant asylum. Immigration and justice remain the cherished prerogative of individual EU member states, leaving a patchwork of policies that migrants must navigate to win asylum.
3 August, 2016 Greece denies call for ‘Plan B’ in EU-Turkey migrant deal Greece's immigration minister on Wednesday denied having called on the European Union to draw up a back-up plan in case Turkey reneges on a controversial deal aimed at limiting the influx of migrants. Yannis Mouzalas's denial came hours after Germany's Bild daily had quoted him as […]
6 April, 2016 EU takes legal chances with returning migrants to Turkey By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union was in such a rush to start deportations of unwanted migrants from Greek islands to Turkey this week that it skirted legal questions weighing on the scheme as it tries to stem an influx into...
10 November, 2015 Germany tones down welcoming message for Syrian refugees Syrian refugees who have made it to Germany may be sent on to other European countries, the German Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, an apparent reversal of an earlier policy that suggested all asylum seekers from Syria would be allowed to stay. In August, Germany decided to waive for […]
7 March, 2016 Brussels to propose overhaul of EU asylum system: report Brussels is to propose centralising claims for asylum in the European Union as it struggles to address Europe's biggest migration crisis since World War II, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The European Commission will make the proposal as part of a radical overhaul of its refugee […]
11 May, 2016 European rights watchdog complains about Greek migrant camps conditions Urgent measures are need to address overcrowding and poor living conditions in refugee and migrant camps in Greece, Europe's top rights watchdog warned on Wednesday. The Council of Europe, which brings together 47 countries, said some facilities were "sub-standard" and able to provide no […]