Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
The commission’s plan proposes to speed up the handling of people from countries whose migrants win asylum less than 20 percent of the time. It calls for screening, registering and sorting them within five days, fast-tracking deportation of those who are denied asylum, and giving them just 12 weeks to appeal a denial.
But when the bloc tries to deport asylum seekers, it usually can’t, because the migrants’ home countries refuse to take them back — a fact that no E.U. legislation can change. Only one-third of rejected applicants actually return, the commission said, contributing to overcrowded camps and leaving people in legal limbo for years.
The commission said it would hold talks with some 20 countries in Asia and Africa that are the main sources of asylum seekers going to Europe, to get them to accept their nationals back.
“It’s very unlikely that these ‘quick procedures’ will actually be quick,” said Judith Sunderland, deputy director for Europe with Human Rights Watch. “It’s hard to see how this won’t lead to mass incarceration for lengthy periods of time followed by a realization that they can’t deport everyone they want to deport.”
A part of the plan is thus to create countries that co-sponsor migrants in the deportation process. So if the migrant fails to get asylum in one country, that country and the co-sponsor country would both try to deport the asylum seeker. But if the deportation process doesn’t happen within 8 months, the co-sponsor country would then take in that migrant. But it’s not clear how reluctant countries could be made to comply and take in deportees.
So there are serious, most probably insurmountable problems of deportation. The co-sponsor arrangement hardly helps that process: it simply shifts the problem of an undesirable migrant onto another country. Clearly, once they’re in, they don’t leave if they don’t wan to.
Hungary and the Czech Republic, for example, simply want the immigration process to be brought to a complete halt, or at least to follow this idea:
Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán said that the proposed measures do not include the option to host the migrants in “hot spots” in third countries outside of the EU, so that asylum applications can be assessed before a migrant sets foot on European soil.
Leaders of the Visegrad countries (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Sebastian Kurz of Austria are united in their opposition to the new plan.
We are left to wonder: why don’t certain countries accept their own people back?
Is it simply because the migrants have thrown away their documentation, which is known to happen? Or is it because deals been struck somewhere at a very high level where these countries have been ‘persuaded’ not to accept back their own citizens?
Marine Le Pen Rejects New EU Migrant Pact as ‘Suicide of Europe’
French populist National Rally (RN) leader Marine Le Pen has launched a campaign against the new European Union migration and asylum pact, stating it will lead to the “suicide” of Europe.
The new proposal by the European Commission to radically reform the bloc’s asylum policies away from the previous Dublin agreement was put forward at the end of last month and, according to Le Pen, could see as many as 60 to 70 million migrants settling in the EU in the coming years.
“It is an organized plan for the submersion of Europe and the nations that make it up,” Le Pen said Friday at the RN headquarters in the city of Nanterre, broadcaster TV5Monde reports.
ER: Combine this with the economy-destroying lockdowns …
Le Pen went on to state that the new pact “will cause the ruin of our social systems, an increase in unemployment, a housing crisis, an increase in delinquency and communitarian conflicts, the advance of Islamism and terrorist risks and the questioning of the values of our civilization.”
She slammed the European Union, stating that it had “entrusted the keys to the Middle East gate to Turkey, which is now blackmailing us in submersion. Today, it is about to open the doors of the House Europe on the Third World. Let’s take back the keys to Europe and France!”
Le Pen said that she, along with other members of the populist Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European Parliament, would be campaigning against the new migrant pact, and will launch a petition with the goal of getting around a million signatures.
The comments come after the Visegrád group of Central European nations — Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland — also spoke out against the new pact in late September.
“‘Allocation’ or ‘quota’, to change the name, is not enough. Hungary is against it. The basic approach is still unchanged. They [the Commission] would like to manage migration, and not to stop the migrants. The Hungarian position is stop the migrants,” Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said.
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