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Italy asks for solidarity over Dublin III

It won’t come as a surprise that Italians are greatly concerned about the reception obligations set forth in the EU international protection framework, Dublin III in particular. Although Italy was recently subject to an infringement procedure because of its alleged failure to comply with ‘EURODAC’ identification requirements for asylum applicants, a breakdown of the 2013… Read article ›

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Danes soften stance on migrants, but divisions are still deep

Just as in the rest of Europe, the refugee and immigration crisis has been dominating the Danish agenda, particularly because of the EU-related questions it raises. Its opt-out from the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs pillar (JHA) means Denmark has no legal obligation to take part in the EU refugee distribution plan, but recent events… Read article ›

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Dutch reluctantly shift to EU-wide response on migrants

Four years ago, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte referred to asylum-seekers arriving in southern EU member states as a problem of ‘geographic location’, saying that countries like Italy simply had ‘bad luck’. Steeply-rising numbers of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean and rocketing asylum applications this year prompted Dutch politicians to acknowledge there is a common European dimension. Redistributing asylum-seekers… Read article ›

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Divided Latvia goes with the flow on refugee policies

Latvia has inherited a high stock of migrants from Soviet times, and belongs to a group of “immigration legacy countries” in the EU. And today, Latvian political parties are divided on the immigration crisis, and on the issue of solidarity with older EU member states that support immigration. Two of the three government coalition partners… Read article ›

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Belgium wrestles with political differences over welcoming refugees

Belgium has had a right-wing government since last year, and this coalition of francophone and Flemish liberals and both Flemish Christian Democrats and Flemish nationalists has had a strong focus on spending cuts, making the labour market more flexible and raising the pension age. But the refugee crisis has put the governing parties, and especially… Read article ›