European Union reaches deal to reform its asylum and migration system

European Union reaches deal to reform its asylum and migration system
# 20 December 2023 13:13 (UTC +04:00)

The Spanish presidency of the European Council and the European Parliament have reached a deal on the core political elements of five key regulations that will thoroughly overhaul the EU’s legal framework on asylum and migration, European Council said in a press release, APA reports.

According to the Council, the five EU laws that the Spanish Presidency and Parliament have agreed on touch upon all stages of asylum and migration management, ranging from screening irregular migrants when they arrive in the EU, taking biometric data, procedures for making and handling asylum applications, the rules on determining which member state is responsible for handling an asylum application and cooperation and solidarity between member states and how to handle crisis situations, including cases of instrumentalisation of migrants.

The new rules, once adopted, will make the European asylum system more effective and will increase the solidarity between member states by enabling to lighten the load on those member states where most migrants arrive, the Council noted.

All five regulations which are part of today’s political agreement are components of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum which the Commission proposed on 23 September 2020.

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