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World No more Morias? EU to unveil long-delayed asylum plan

18:21  21 september  2020
18:21  21 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Lesbos camp filling up as UN warns on migrants' future

  Lesbos camp filling up as UN warns on migrants' future The UN refugee agency on Friday warned Greece that a new camp on Lesbos island hastily built to house thousands of migrants left homeless by a fire last week can only be temporary. "This new site is currently functioning as an emergency shelter facility," UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo said in Geneva. "UNHCR supports its use as temporary solution but cautions that what may be deemed adequate in terms of shelter and services during emergency situations is not appropriate for the longer-term.

Europe 's plan has been a long time coming and will be hard to sell to EU leaders, who meet for a summit in Brussels on Thursday focused on foreign To relieve pressure on the frontline, asylum claims and returns must be processed much more quickly by member state legal authorities, she said.

Europe 's plan has been a long time coming and will be hard to sell to EU leaders, who meet for a summit in Brussels on Thursday focused on foreign To relieve pressure on the frontline, asylum claims and returns must be processed much more quickly by member state legal authorities, she said.

Ylva Johansson looking at the camera: European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson says the EU's new asylum system has to mandatory © FRANCOIS LENOIR European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson says the EU's new asylum system has to mandatory

The failure of the European Union's migration policy could not have been laid out more starkly -- an already miserable camp burned and thousands of refugees homeless.

a young boy holding a kite: Two weeks after Greece's Moria camp burnt down, offers to rehouse thousands of homeless migrants have come piecemeal, with some EU states refusing to take any © MANOLIS LAGOUTARIS Two weeks after Greece's Moria camp burnt down, offers to rehouse thousands of homeless migrants have come piecemeal, with some EU states refusing to take any

On Wednesday, two weeks after the destruction of the Moria camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos, Brussels will launch its latest proposal for EU asylum policy.

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  Thousands of migrants on Greece's Lesbos move into tent camp after fire The fire that broke out in the notorious Moria refugee camp on September 9 left more than 12,000 people without shelter.The fire that broke out in Moria on September 9 left more than 12,000 people — most of them refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and various African countries — without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water.

The failure of the European Union 's migration policy could not have been laid out more starkly -- an already miserable camp burned and thousands of refugees homeless. On Wednesday, two weeks after the destruction of the Moria camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos

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Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson wants the 27 member states to share the burden of handling asylum claims from the migrants arrived on the bloc's shores.

And this time, the proposed system won't be voluntary -- a tough concession for many member capitals to swallow.

"It's obvious to everybody that ad hoc solidarity or voluntary solidarity is not enough. That has been proven for many years now," she said.

"It has to be mandatory, all member states have to help when there is a situation when a member state is under pressure and a lot of people that need protection."

Alongside a way to distribute would-be refugees away from the coasts of Italy and Greece there will be tougher rules on sending home those whose claims are refused.

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 New asylum and migration pact: the plan to get Europe out of the deadlock © kenzo tribouillard / AFP The European flag flies at the entrance to the European Parliament in Brussels Breaking the deadlock on migration: c t is the objective of the European Commission's new pact for asylum and migration, which is presented on 23 September in Brussels. Expected for months, postponed due to a pandemic, it comes as the destruction of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, has put more than 12,000 people on the streets and caused a surge in Europe.

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But, five years after the 2015 migration crisis and with annual "irregular arrivals" down to 140,000 a year, EU members are still deeply divided on the issue.

An emergency EU plan during that crisis to redistribute arrivals, pushed by Germany, was opposed and then ignored by Hungary and Poland, which took in zero asylum-seekers.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said last week the proposal would replace the "Dublin Regulation" with "a new European migration governance system".

"It will have common structures on asylum and return and it will have a new strong solidarity mechanism," she said, surprising some sceptical capitals.

- Failed asylum claims -

The Dublin Regulation -- which governs which member state handles a new arrival's asylum claim -- was established in 1990 and was reformed most recently in 2013.

It states migrant asylum claims should be handled in the EU country where the applicant first enters the system, to prevent undocumented migrants flowing around the bloc.

EU to unveil long-delayed asylum plan to share responsibility

  EU to unveil long-delayed asylum plan to share responsibility Five years after Europe's migrant crisis, Brussels will propose on Wednesday that member states share the responsibility for asylum seekers under a "compulsory solidarity mechanism". The New Pact on Migration and Asylum will be unveiled by European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas. Johansson wants the 27 member states to commit to sharing the burden of handling asylum claims from migrants arriving on the bloc's shores."It's obvious to everybody that ad hoc solidarity or voluntary solidarity is not enough. That has been proven for many years now," she said. "It has to be mandatory.

The justice ministry called Monday's decision a landmark for "the rule of law, for international cooperation and most importantly for those who were victims of Malka Leifer's crimes", accusing her of making "every effort to No more Morias ? EU to unveil long - delayed asylum plan . 21/09/2020.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the main priority was "the safety of those left without shelter". image copyrightReuters. The Moria Refugee Camp lies north-east of Mytilene, the capital of Lesbos. It has been overwhelmed by huge numbers of refugees for years.

Johansson did not give AFP full details of the alternative scheme the Commission will unveil on Wednesday, but stressed that the key would be solidarity.

This does not necessarily mean, however, that recalcitrant anti-immigration regimes like that in Hungary would be obliged to resettle refugees.

"It's not only relocation, it could also be other situations like, for example, helping with returns," she said.

This would imply that countries that believe they can cope with welcoming more migrants would take some of the strain off the Greeks and Italians.

Europe's plan has been a long time coming and will be hard to sell to EU leaders, who meet for a summit in Brussels on Thursday focused on foreign affairs.

- Criminal groups -

But the fire in Moria, which underlined the dismal state of the system for housing refugees stuck on the Greek islands, has focused minds somewhat.

Offers to rehouse the now homeless Moria refugees have come piecemeal, with some states like Austria refusing point blank to take any.

Brussels is working with Athens on a pilot project to jointly build and run a new facility, but Johansson was clear there must be "no more Morias".

EDITORIAL. Moria, “shame of Europe”

 EDITORIAL. Moria, “shame of Europe” © REUTERS Refugees and migrants from the destroyed Moria camp take shelter near the new temporary camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 15, 2020. REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis The fires that have ravaged the Moria camp draw attention to the tragic situation of asylum seekers forgotten at the borders of Europe. It is essential to build a common European policy. Don't bring us bread. Give us Freedom. This appeal from an asylum seeker from Moria is poignant.

The European Union is planning to unveil a new migration pact that will require member states to take more migrants from frontline countries such as Italy and Greece and bring an end to overcrowded camps like the one at Moria on the island of Lesbos.

Most of those heading for Greece take the relatively short voyage from Turkey to the islands of Kos, Chios, Lesbos and Samos. There is very little infrastructure on these small Greek islands to cope with the thousands of people arriving, leaving overburdened authorities struggling to provide vital assistance.

To relieve pressure on the frontline, asylum claims and returns must be processed much more quickly by member state legal authorities, she said.

Currently less than a third of migrants whose claims are refused are actually sent back.

"Europe cannot deal with migration alone," Johansson said.

"To fight human smugglers, organised criminal groups that earn a lot of money by risking people's lives ... we have to do that together with third countries."

The 2015 migration crisis had led the EU to reach a controversial agreement with Turkey to reduce the number of arrivals on Greek shores, in exchange for funds.

Equally controversial with human rights defenders, was EU support for the Libyan coastguard to curb landings on Italian shores.

"Of course I have a difficult task, to find a proposal that can be accepted by all member states and by parliament," Johansson told AFP.

"So my guess is that when I present my proposal, I will have no 'hurray, we won'," she admitted, calling for a "sober discussion" and a pragmatic response.

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Video: EU chief says Dublin asylum rule to be replaced (AFP)

Greece. 700 migrants transferred from Lesbos to the mainland .
© ELIAS MARCOU / REUTERS Migrants from the Moria camp who went up in smoke board boats to the mainland on September 28, 2020. The Greek authorities have started to transfer 700 migrants from the island of Lesbos towards the mainland. They were staying at a makeshift new site after the Moria camp burned down. The government says there are no unaccompanied minors left in the island camps. Several European countries, including France, have announced the reception of refugees.

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