EU-27 to face up to migration challenges amid human rights criticism

EU-27 to face up to migration challenges amid human rights criticism

The heads of 27 EU member states (minus Britain) meet today to discuss a number of pressing internal and external

EU migration

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The heads of 27 EU member states (minus Britain) meet today to discuss a number of pressing internal and external challenges.

Migration fits both domains. After the EU increased its cooperation with countries like Libya, Chad, and Niger to stop the flow of migrants, reforming the Central European Asylum System will feature prominently in today’s meeting. The current rules stipulate that countries like Italy, where the majority of asylum seekers arrive, are responsible for them.

A 2015 attempt to distribute refugees more evenly throughout the EU failed miserably, with several Eastern European countries refusing to accept their allocated share.

But with crucial elections to be held in 2018 in Italy and Sweden, both of which have been strongly affected by the ongoing migration crisis, Europe’s leaders are likely to step up their efforts quickly or risk further rifts within the bloc.

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