Immigration policies change to protect migrants and safeguard the countries welcoming them.
The EU is gradually moving away from the terms of the Dublin Regulation, which determines a country’s responsibility for examining asylum applications. Today we are witnessing a new European approach, which takes into account the urgency for a joint response to the refugee crisis and sees migrants not as a problem but rather as a resource – both human and economic.
Reallocating refugees among EU countries marks a significant shift in EU policy with respect to the Dublin legislation, which over time has proven ineffectual in protecting state security and refugees themselves.
When presenting the new Agenda on Migration, which also involves resettling 22,000 refugees from neighbouring countries outside the EU bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “In spite of our fragility, self-perceived weaknesses, today it is Europe that presents a worldwide place of hope and haven of stability. That is something to be proud of … though it is not without its challenges. The first priority today is addressing the refugee crisis. The decision to relocate 160,000 people from the most affected member states is a historic first and a genuine, laudable expression of European solidarity. It cannot be the end of the story, however. It is time for bold, determined and concerted action by the European Union, by its institutions and by all its member states”.