Europe Struggling To Cope With Syrian Refugees As Germany Puts Dublin Procedure Aside
With the crisis of Syrian migrants flooding the shores of Europe worsening, Germany this week placed the European Union’s Dublin Regulation aside, therefore ending the deportation of Syrian refugees to other nations.
In short, the Dublin Regulation establishes a hierarchy of criteria for identifying the Member State responsible for the examination of an asylum claim in Europe.
The decision that was announced on August 21 was welcomed by the United Nations’ migration chief, Peter Sutherland, who told Channel 4 news it “was never a fair system” that “unloads responsibility to frontline states like Greece and Italy, and on the most desirable destinations like Germany and Sweden, who are taking far more than others.”
Germany is currently the only EU state that does not send Syrian refugees back to their first point of contact. It also is a tacit recognition of the fact that the member states at the external borders cannot be left alone to deal with the large number of asylum seekers,” reports EurActiv.com
German chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision has not been well-received by many of her countrymen and the issue of migration is an increasingly volatile political issue that is dividing the nation along old Cold War lines.
In areas once part of East Germany, anti-immigrant violence and hatred is more prominent, partly because, historically, residents have had a lack of contact with foreigners.
In today’s Germany, the majority of foreigners live in West Germany, with just 10.5 percent in East Germany. In the current migrant crisis most refugees are accommodated in the West, not in East, reports The Washington Post.
Germany’s decision was made before two tragic events – the discovery of 70-plus bodies of Syrian refugees in the back of a truck in Austria and the death of more than 50 after their boat capsized off the coast of Italy. Those events could spur change or at least switch the focus from trying to prevent the migrants from entering European nations toward finding solutions on how to deal with them.