August 23rd, 2015

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The current approach to the refugee drama is not working

First, a couple of relevant news pieces.

Refugees tear through police lines at Macedonian border

People are rioting against the arrival of refugees in eastern Germany

With masses of refugees at the gate, Europe uses force to keep them away

25 years ago, the EU member states adopted the so called Dublin Regulation about accepting asylum applications. This set of rules was supposed to ensure that the member states would not be tossing refugees back and forth between themselves. These rules were meant to grant clarity about who was responsible for taking care of people coming from outside the EU.

The first Dublin regulation was hardly in effect yet, when the first debates began about whether the distribution of the burden between the separate countries was indeed fair. Since that time, the Dublin III Regulation has already become effective. It says that the responsibility for the registration of the newcoming refugees and the vetting of their asylum applications is for those countries where the refugees have entered the EU first.

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