Tuesday 21 November 2017

EU plans to send failed asylum seekers to new African camps

British Home Secretary Theresa May
British Home Secretary Theresa May

Matthew Holehouse in Brussels

Failed asylum seekers who are rejected by their home countries will be deported to new camps in Africa, under plans being examined by European Union leaders.

Economic migrants who are deemed to have no right to stay in Europe but whose country of origin refuses to issue them landing papers could be sent to live in "regional" centres in nearby countries. EU interior ministers agreed to study the plans after they were promoted by Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, at a Luxembourg summit.

The ministers discussed a tough new approach to the migrant crisis, pledging to deport tens of thousands of economic migrants who have arrived alongside genuine refugees.

The plans include locking up more people who face deportation, to prevent them from disappearing, and expanding existing detention centres.

"All measures must be taken to ensure irregular migrants' effective return, including use of detention as a legitimate measure of last resort," the text said.

Irish Independent

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