European Leaders in Talks to Create Migrant Camp Outside the EU in a ‘Not Particularly Attractive’ Country
Reuters and Julian Robinson, Daily Mail, June 6, 2018
European leaders are in talks to create a camp for asylum seekers outside the EU in a country seen as being ‘not particularly attractive’ to traffickers.
The migrant centre would be in a non-EU European nation that is ‘not on the migrants’ or the human traffickers’ list of preferred destinations’.
Germany, Holland, Austria and Denmark are among governments involved in talks and there are hopes an initial pilot project could pave the way for a new European asylum system.
The EU currently has 28 member states. Candidate countries include Turkey, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Potential candidates for membership of the bloc include Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Meanwhile, the EU’s website includes Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Azerbaijan as being non member European countries.
Denmark’s intake of asylum seekers fleeing war and unrest in the Middle East and other regions has dropped to just over 1,000 in the first four months of this year, from a peak of more than 21,000 in 2015.
Compared with its neighbours Sweden and Germany, Denmark has generally granted fewer people asylum compared to the size of population.