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EU migration pact has already failed

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26.09.2020

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas likes to compare the EU's proposed pact on migration and asylum to a house with three floors.

The first floor consists of agreements to "keep people, for a better life, in their countries." The second floor contains the EU border and coast guard agency, well equipped to close off the EU's borders as much as possible. And the third floor is focused on what Schinas describes as a "system of permanent, effective solidarity," which would allow those asylum-seekers that nevertheless make it through to Europe to be distributed among the member states — either to be taken in by willing nations or for eventual deportation.

But this delicately constructed new European asylum policy has once again been demolished with a crash by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, along with his Visegrad colleagues from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Orban wants nothing to do with the third floor and its redistribution of asylum-seekers within the EU, "return sponsorships" and "mandatory solidarity." Sebastian Kurz, the anti-migration chancellor of neighboring Austria, also believes the word "solidarity" is wrong where asylum-seekers are concerned.

In a matter of days, the Commission's proposed migration pact, long in the making, is already not worth the paper it's printed on. Schinas' migration blueprints have been met with near-universal criticism. Lukewarm support has only come from Berlin, Rome and Paris, along with remarks that the proposal was a basis for negotiation and a step in the right direction. But that direction remains undefined.

Read more: From Bangladesh to Germany: How political refugee built a new life in Düren

Bernd Riegert is a DW correspondent in Brussels

What's clear, however, is that this proposal will not achieve anything — a view that is shared by many migration experts. The Commission's plan is unrealistic, because the intransigent anti-immigration........

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