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Towards a “sustainable and fair” Common European Asylum System

May 4, 2016 | News

(04 May 2016) – Today the European Commission is presenting proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System by creating a “fairer, more efficient and more sustainable” system for allocating asylum applications among Member States.

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The basic principle will remain the same – asylum seekers should, unless they have family elsewhere, apply for asylum in the first country they enter – but a new fairness mechanism will ensure no Member State is left with a disproportionate pressure on its asylum system.

Today’s proposals also include transforming the existing European Asylum Support Office (EASO) into a fully-fledged European Union Agency for Asylum to reflect its enhanced role in the new system and reinforcing of the EU’s fingerprinting database, Eurodac, “in order to better manage the asylum system and to help tackle irregular migration”.

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