Asylum seekers are forced into situations on
poverty and homelessness by
March 2013- JRS Germany has joined a
coalition of church and civil society
organisations in Germany to produce a memorandum
calling for fundamental changes in how asylum
seekers are assessed and placed in the EU.
"Allocation of refugees in the European Union:
for an equitable, solidarity based system of
aim to reallocate responsibility from solely EU
border states to a more shared EU wide system.
system, The Dublin Regulation, places
responsibility for asylum procedure on the
states at the EUs external borders. This puts a
disproportionate burden on these countries and
in many cases leads to over taxation.
in countries like Greece, Italy, Hungary and
Malta the current EU policy often leads to
prolonged detention, which is in direct
contravention to international law. In many
cases the current system leads to refugees
becoming homeless, becoming victims of
unprovoked attacks and being left in abject
Memorandum the signatory organisations present
their own proposal for a human rights-based
restructuring of the Dublin system. This
proposal demands that the “place of irregular
border crossing” provision be dropped and
replaced by a “principle of free choice of
will allow asylum seekers to decide in which EU
member state to file their application for
several arguments in favour of such a change of
choice will allow asylum seekers to go where
they can receive support from their families
or communities. This is not just beneficial
for the refugees but will also benefit
integration and the provision of
can be spared human rights violations if
they are no longer forced to stay in
countries that have neither a decent asylum
system nor provide a minimum of humane
treatment for them.
seekers are not deported to EU states to
which they do not wish to go, that will
prevent them from continuing to move around
from one EU member state to the next.
“Secondary” migration within the EU will
then be avoided.
be a reduction in costs for the bureaucratic
procedures necessary to return them from one
country to the other. Any imbalances in
capacity arising for member states may be
corrected by a European Compensation Fund.
is a common initiative of Pro Asyl, the German
Bar Association, Jesuit Refugee Service Germany,
the Diakonie and several other organisations.
Full press release
JRS Europe, Brussels
David Colgan, Media Officer
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