Border processing centres for asylum seekers, more cooperation with third countries, an increased focus on repatriation, mandatory responsibility-sharing between EU member states, and an end to the Dublin regulation: the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, today released its long awaited New Pact on Migration and Asylum.
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[...] Policy experts doubted it would be possible to meet the timelines in the proposal, even with member states receiving significant financial and operational support from the EU. In the past, accelerated procedures have led to higher rejection rates, raising questions about fairness and the ability of applicants to appeal or access legal aid, according to Olivia Sundberg Diez, a migration policy analyst at European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think tank.
“If applications are assessed quickly, but not fairly, that may lead to people wrongly denied asylum and returned to countries where they may face persecution,” Diez said. [...]