EU to Build Migration ‘Welcome Centres’ in Africa
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EU to Build Migration ‘Welcome Centres’ in Africa
EU to Build Migration ‘Welcome Centres’ in Africa

by Oliver Lane6 Mar 20150
An EU plan to reduce the number of migrants coming to Europe illegally – by giving them legal status before they even arrive – is being ‘fast-tracked’ by the European Commission, amid the growing exodus from north Africa by way of the Mediterranean.

The new system will establish migrant processing centres in countries like Niger, Egypt, Turkey, and the Lebanon, allowing paperwork to be rubber-stamped ‘in the country of origin’. While the plan is being spun as a means to reduce the number of illegal migrants arriving in Europe, there is absolutely no indication it will reduce the total number.

The plan to create forward outposts of the European Union is proving very popular in some national capitals, with some Eurocrats reacting to the news with excitement. The Guardian reports the comments of Elizabeth Collett, a director of the Migration Policy Institute, who said: “This is an enormous step. It means a common European asylum system is getting closer… But there will be lots of unintended consequences. It throws up lots of big questions, legally, technically and practically.” (...)

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