The European Commission has proposed an improvement of the global system on Migration and Asylum that covers all the extent necessary for a comprehensive European approach, improving cooperation with countries of origin and transit, guaranteeing effective procedures, successful integration of the refugees, and the return of those refugees who have no right to stay.
This is intended to carry out more efficient and faster procedures, implementing an integrated border procedure that includes a pre-entry screening that involves the identification of all persons who cross the external borders of the EU without authorization or who have disembarked after a search and rescue operation.
It also includes carrying out health and security controls, taking fingerprints, and registering in the Eurodac database. Once this is done, the selected persons will be directed to the appropriate procedure, either at the border for certain categories of applicants or in an ordinary asylum procedure. As part of this border procedure, decision-making will be faster, so that the uncertainty of the people whose cases can be examined, will take as little time as possible.
It is also intended to achieve an equitable distribution of responsibility and solidarity of the Member States, which will have the obligation to be responsible and in solidarity with each other, contributing in solidarity in times of emergency to accomplish to stabilize a conclusive system, supporting those Member States under pressure and ensure that the Union meets its humanitarian obligations.
A flexible contribution system from the Member States is also proposed by the Commission. These can range from relocating asylum applicants from the country of first entry to assuming responsibility for the return of persons without the right to stay or various forms of operational assistance. The existence of a solidarity mechanism will cover different situations, including the disembarkation of people as a result of search and rescue operations, pressure, crises, or other specific circumstances.
The Commission will seek to promote a common EU system for returns, to make EU migration rules more credible and propose common coordination, with better strategic planning to ensure that EU and national policies are aligned, as well as better monitoring of migration management on the ground to increase mutual trust, improving the management of external borders.
Achieving credible legal migration and integration policy will benefit European societies and economies. Launching partnerships with non-EU countries tailored to EU force and skill requirements will strengthen resettlement and promote other complementary routes, seeking to develop a European support system.