Tuesday 6 December 2016

EU must follow its own rights charter in treatment of refugees

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

Children sleep on a migrant woman's lap as they wait at the main bus station in Istanbul, Turkey
Children sleep on a migrant woman's lap as they wait at the main bus station in Istanbul, Turkey

While the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have called on European leaders to show "unity" in dealing with the refugee crisis, several EU countries continue to erect razor wire fences along their borders.

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Whether it is through xenophobia or genuine fears, some commentators have cited the 'Dublin Regulation' as a reason for not getting involved in accommodating asylum seekers.

This regulation states that those people seeking asylum must apply for refugee status at their point of entry to the EU; how convenient this is for some EU members.

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