Asylum : Commission Puts Refugees Back at Heart of System

European Social Policy, December 8, 2008 | Go to article overview

Asylum : Commission Puts Refugees Back at Heart of System


Believing that in Europe the "procedure is little concerned with asylum applicants," the European Commission proposed, on 3 December, improving the Dublin II(1) system, which is considered to be unfair to refugees. At the same time, the EU executive wants to reinforce the protection of the most vulnerable (unaccompanied children and single women, in particular) and calls for family reunification and free legal assistance.

"Our objective is to place asylum applicants at the heart of a more human and fair procedure," explained EU Justice, Liberty and Security Commissioner Jacques Barrot.

Created in 2003 to avoid multiple demands, the Dublin regulation determines the member state responsible for examining an application (in this case, the first host country'). But some countries, entranceways to the EU such as Cyprus and southern Malta (and therefore often the first host country'), are inundated by applications that they usually reject. "In some countries, like Italy, Sweden and Malta, 50% of applications have a positive response. But in others, like Slovenia, Slovakia and Greece, this percentage is 3%," stressed the commissioner.

For Barrot, "there is an injustice as all countries do not have the same burden, but it is also unfair to asylum applicants". Therefore, he explained, a Chechnyan has a 72% chance of being protected in Austria, but practically no chance in Slovakia. An Iraqi has more chance of being protected in Sweden than in Greece, he said.

As for injustice between countries: Cyprus (700,000 inhabitants) must face 8.69 asylum applications annually for 1,000 inhabitants and Malta 3.38 applications for 1,000 inhabitants (they are 400,000 in total) against 3.97 in Sweden (ten million inhabitants). The European average is 0.45 applications for 1,000 inhabitants.

POSSIBILITY OF SUSPENSION

Dublin would remain in force, but it would be relaxed. In concrete terms, in the future the Commission wants an asylum applicant to have the possibility of having his application examined in the country in which he finds himself (which is often different from his point of arrival) and of stressing the presence of close or distant family in other member states. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Asylum : Commission Puts Refugees Back at Heart of System
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.