The EU’s top migration official, Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot said efforts to harmonise the member states’ rules on asylum processing seek to set common standards while allowing for constructive flexibility.
Barrot said: “Understood, if a member state has a tradition of asylum and generosity, it should continue. There’s no question of making it reduce the percentage of requests it accepts. Simply, I believe the asylum seekers must be better distributed, and then attention must be paid to see that each person asking for asylum is treated in a fair way, no matter which country he is in.”
The European Parliament has urged Europe to show “collective responsibility” for asylum seekers.
Several years of research in 11 EU countries has identified overcrowding and a lack of medical care and legal aid in detention centres as key concerns.
It recommends against policies of just detaining people, and encourages open centres rather than closed.
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