EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says

Article in The BBC
27 July, 2017

Another judicial decision which shows that States do not yet understand that decisions about human beings – their life, their family links and their future – should not be taken only according to abstract rules, contrary to decisions about goods, services or capital, but also according to their specific circumstances. One should apply a social work model to welcoming migrants, allowing them to find the best place for their integration and providing them with services specifically tailored to their situation: schooling, access to labour market, language courses, health care… Once again, the idea is to “facilitate mobility” to benefit both the migrants and the country of destination. The cost of welcoming migrants is not an expense, but an investment which will produce a remarkable return in time, if the facilitation of mobility is properly legalised, regulated and taxed.

“The EU’s top court has ruled that a law requiring refugees to seek asylum in the first country they reach applies even in exceptional circumstances.

The case, brought by Austria and Slovenia, could affect the future of several hundred people who arrived during the migrant crisis of 2015-16.

The ruling concerns two Afghan families and a Syrian who applied for asylum after leaving Croatia.

The court says it is Croatia’s responsibility to decide their cases.

The crisis unfolded during the summer of 2015, as one million migrants and refugees travelled through the Western Balkans.

Under the so-called Dublin regulation, refugees typically have to seek asylum in the first EU state they reach. But Germany suspended the Dublin regulation for Syrian refugees, halting deportations to the countries they arrived in.”

To access the full article, please click here

Share this: