Swedish Liberal MEP, Cecilia Wikström has launched proposals to reform the EU’s asylum procedure
Swedish Liberal MEP, Cecilia Wikström who is in charge of making changes, said an overhaul was necessary as Europe enters a “rapidly changing world”, where it must deal with the influx of millions of people.
And she said that the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU had been a “wake-up call for all of us who believe in the European project and who see the benefits of finding common solutions to common challenges”.
Ms Wikstrom wants to create a system which means asylum seekers are registered on arrival in the EU.
Such a move would mean Brussels doing away with the current procedure which sees the first country refugees arrive in responsible for any asylum claim.
This, she believes, would remove the incentive for refugees to attempt to travel across the bloc to their country of choice, she said, and see the population fairly shared across the bloc.
The European Commission will announce the plan at a press conference at 10am on March 7.
At present, the Dublin Regulation number 604/2013 decides which nation is responsible for processing a refugee’s asylum claim.
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But it has been problematic as asylum seekers know the rules and often choose where they want to live before they travel.
Ms Windstorm now wants EU member states to share responsibility for taking in refugees.
The MEP, who is tasked with leading the proposals through the European Parliament, said: ”A distribution scale is being drawn up based on GDP and population, in which every country's share of the responsibility is clear.
"When a member state fulfils its part of the joint responsibility, asylum seekers that arrive there would be distributed to other countries."
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She added: “If every country in Europe with 10,000 residents had, in 2015, taken its share of responsibility for the refugees crisis they would have received 30 asylum seekers each.”
Ms Wikstrom has created a manifesto for changing the Dublin regulation
She added: “Problems arise in Europe when we fail to work together and share the responsibility to provide shelter for those in need.”
Europe has seen a massive surge in mass migration over the past 10 years as immigrants from Syria, Iraq, and countries in Africa flock to its shores.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees one million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe up until the December 21, 2015.
Most came by sea through ports in Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy and Spain often enduring treacherous journeys.
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The number of migrants in just two countries – Greece and Italy – overwhelmed the system prompting the need for an overhaul.
In her manifesto for change, Ms Wikstrom acknowledged recent terror attacks in Brussels and Paris would leave scars forever.
She said: “EU members states need to develop more comprehensive de-radicalisation programmes specifically targeting Jihadis returning from terrorist organisations in the Middle East.
“We need to make sure the member states actually fulfil their obligations.”
Brussels will scrap current procedure which sees refugees register in first country they arrive in
The Swedish MEP has also outlined plans to establish a European FBI that can combat serious cross-border criminality and create a mechanism that monitors EU member states, so that no violations of freedom or basic rights occur.
She warned: “In a globalised world not even Germany, Europe’s economic engine, is strong enough to compete alone on the international arena.
“If Europe is to remain an important and significant player on the world stage, new life has to be injected into the European project.
“The EU must be developed and democratised in the areas of freedom, security and justice and deliver a true common foreign and security policy.”
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