No EU consensus on tougher migration policy proposals

Politics 7/13/2018, 2:30 AM
No EU consensus on tougher migration policy proposals

Interior ministers from European Union states met in Innsbruck, Austria for the first time since that country took over EU presidency, to discuss the bloc's migration policies. Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (pictured left) said the participants reached "a very wide consensus on the need for protecting the EU’s external borders," although some of the more drastic proposals did not meet with unanimous approval.

The so-called "disembarkation platforms" outside the EU from where migrants could apply for asylum, which were discussed earlier this month at an EU summit, were brought into question, as some North African countries refused them. Kickl said they must be made in accordance with international law and "in a way which is helpful to relations with third states." German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (pictured right) expressed optimism that a deal can be reached, citing the EU's agreement with Turkey which led to the decrease in the influx of migrants from the Middle East. Austria also suggested "return centers" for people who were denied asylum but who cannot immediately be sent back to their home countries. However, some ministers were against the proposal, including Luxembourg’s Interior Minister Jean Asselborn, who said it "shouldn't be discussed by civilized Europeans."

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