Swedish Commissioner Ylva Johansson will unveil a package of crackdowns against countries that refuse to accept rejected asylum seekers returned from the EU and incentives for governments to take back their citizens. The long-awaited Brussels plans are due to be published next week after years of bitter wrangling over a European approach to migration. Member states and EU institutions were stuck in fruitless negotiations for five years after the 2015 migration crisis.
Previous EU-wide immigration strategies have failed due to the refusal of countries, such as Hungary and Poland, to accept a system in which states are locked into mandatory quotas to house applicants for ‘asylum.
Ms Johansson hinted at another effort to agree on a mandatory solidarity clause which expects all member states to welcome refugees.
She said: “There should be no way for a Member State to get away with it easily, just sending blankets.
“The extent to which you show solidarity must not be voluntary, it must be in keeping with the capacity and size of the economy of this country.
“Relocation is an important part, but we also have to]do it in a way that can be accepted by all member states. ”
European sources say the announcement is likely to be met with almost immediate rejection from member states.
Critics of the plan believe that there are alternative methods to allow EU capitals to contribute to EU asylum policy without having mandatory quotas.
An EU diplomat told Express.co.uk: “For some countries it is politically toxic to accept this, there are different ways that member states can show solidarity.”
This includes allowing countries that are not ready to accept refugees to pay to be accommodated in another member state, the source added.
Despite opposition, member states are expected to start talks on the package to avoid a repeat of the tragic fire in the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos.
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In 2015, more than a million people reached the EU due to a deadly civil war in Syria, according to the United Nations.
Last year just 123,000 people reached European shores.
With the aim of stopping the deadly crossings across the Mediterranean, a “resettlement” program could be agreed to allow people to seek asylum outside the bloc.
But that will not include setting up treatment centers outside of Europe, Ms. Johansson said.
“It will not happen that we export the right of asylum. It is a fundamental right to ask for asylum when you are in the territory of a Member State. And that must be defended, ”she said.