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A Nigerian deportee being led into a Lagos-bound plane by Italian police in Milan, March 2017. The new tough anti-migrant and security bill designed to make it easier to deport migrants and restrict residency permits / Photo: Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI)

EU to deport more migrants and build more detention centres

EU member states are expected to increase detention centre capacity and step up migrant deportations, in line with a request from the European Commission.

The European Commission has asked member states to increase their detention centre capacity and step up deportations of economic migrants, according to the latest report on the implementation of the EU Agenda on Migration Policy.

The announcement was made by Natasha Bertaud, Migration Spokesperson for the EU Commission, in answering reporters’ questions on Monday.

On the issue of the automatic and mandatory redistribution mechanism for asylum seekers, according to pre-set criteria as part of the Dublin Regulation reform, Bertaud said that the negotiations were in the hands of the Bulgaria EU presidency.

The Dublin Regulation is an EU law that determines the EU Member State responsible for examining an application for asylum seekers seeking international protection under the Geneva Convention.

She added that additional elements had been added to the Commission’s proposal in an attempt to seek a compromise among the 28 countries involved.

In the Dublin regulation reform proposal under discussion, a ‘solidarity mechanism’ is provided for if a significant resumption of migration flows were to occur. There is also a five-year period of responsibility for the first country of entrance for the migrant, EU sources say.

For the moment, Italy has said that it is against the draft reform regulation, which will be debated by EU interior ministers on 4 June.


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