Agreement Kind Of Reached About Actually Sort Of Enforcing A Law That Has Already Been In Effect For Years

Remember when laws used to have to be followed? Me, neither.

Spain

Berlin and Madrid are demonstrating unity with a joint agreement on returning migrants from Germany to Spain. Now Germany wants to seal similar deals with other countries…

Isn’t this already determined by the Dublin Regulation?

Yes, in principle it is. According to the Dublin Regulation, a migrant is supposed to become the responsibility of the country where he or she is first registered. As a rule, it should be the country where they first set foot on European soil. If a refugee comes to Germany and it turns out that he’s already registered in Italy, the German government could send him back there. However, European law also requires it to consider whether it makes more sense for a refugee to stay in Germany — if, for example, they have relatives living here…

Many EU countries consider the Dublin Regulation impracticable. The transfer of migrants from one country to another is extremely time-consuming. Furthermore, many migrants are not even registered at the point when they first set foot on European soil. During her visit to Spain, Merkel too described the Dublin Regulation as “unworkable.”

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3 responses

  1. They never agreed on quotas because Germany invited them all to begin with and the others (at least in the East) want no part of it. The southern countries are totally screwed, of course. The problem is that no one can come out and say what has to be done: Migrants cannot be allowed to enter or stay in Europe unless under Europe’s terms, not theirs. Once everyone understands this they will stop coming. Europe has no unified leadership, however, so this will most likely never happen. It’s complete chaos. And nothing new, by the way. Been going on for decades. It’s just never been this crazy before.

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