Getting to grips with the refugee crisis: a Permanent Relocation Mechanism under the Dublin System - London, 19th February 2016
EU citizens are seeing at first hand how the 2008 Dublin system has been straining to cope with the unprecedented number of asylum seekers and migrants striving to reach the European Union.
To tackle this humanitarian crisis and help those Member States that are struggling with it the most, the Commission has presented a 'Permanent Relocation Mechanism' to complement the Dublin regulation.
Of course, this new legislative proposal promptly raised an array of questions regarding its functioning, fairness and feasibility. How will it work in concrete terms, and who will decide when the new mechanism is triggered? On what criteria will the distribution be determined? Who will have the right to apply to be relocated? Is the UK compelled to participate? Shouldn't we get a new Dublin agreement in place first?