The European Commission said on Wednesday that it wanted to “abolish” the Dublin regulation, which gives responsibility for processing asylum applications to the country of first entry into Europe. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, pleads for “common structures of asylum and return”. This is an announcement which could have major consequences on the life journey of the migrants. The European Commission said on Wednesday September 16 that it wanted to “abolish” the “Dublin” regulation, which governs the asylum procedure for migrants arriving in Europe.
“I can announce that we will abolish the Dublin Regulation and replace it with a new European system of migration governance,” EU Chief Executive Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament. Under the Dublin Regulation, also known as Dublin III, the responsibility for processing asylum applications lies with the country of first entry of migrants into the European Union. One way to prevent migrants from making multiple asylum requests in different European countries.
“Common asylum and return structures”
This announcement comes at a time when the European Commission is due to present a long-awaited and repeatedly rejected European migration policy reform proposal on 23 September. “At the heart (of the reform) is a commitment to a more European system,” continued Ursula von der Leyen. The latter sketched the outlines of this possible future project. “There will be common asylum and return structures. And there will be a new strong solidarity mechanism,” she said, at a time when the countries which are on the front line of arrival of migrants (Greece , Malta and Italy in particular) complain that they have faced a disproportionate burden.
The reform proposal of the Commission will still have to be accepted by the States.
Five years after the 2015 migration crisis, the issue of welcoming migrants remains a source of deep divisions in Europe, with some eastern countries refusing to accept asylum seekers. Recently, the debate on the lack of solidarity between European countries was reignited by the fire in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.