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“It is no longer possible that some countries make great efforts and others much less”: Alexander De Croo pleads for more European solidarity in the reception of asylum seekers

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“We find ourselves once again in a crisis of reception”, affirmed the liberal during the Open Vld congress being held in Brussels. “At some point we will have to dare to start a difficult discussion: what can and should we still do? “, he wonders about the reception places still to be created.

Belgium has complained in recent weeks about the arrival of many asylum seekers already registered elsewhere in the EU (and who should therefore, according to the controversial Dublin regulation, be taken care of in the first official country of arrival) , and people whose nationality rarely gives them the right to asylum (here, Serbia and its permissive visa policy is singled out). Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, would be more concerned than others by these new arrivals deemed “cumbersome” for the reception network.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo therefore pleaded on Saturday for more European solidarity. “There comes a time when we have to say, as a country: we have done our part (…) It is no longer possible for some countries to make great efforts and others much less”, advances-t -he. The party approved on Saturday the principle of advocating at European level for a mandatory distribution key for asylum seekers, which would replace the Dublin system.

Such a reform has in fact been debated for many years at European level, and the Commission has already put forward a proposal to this effect (the famous “Migration and Asylum Pact”), but not all the States agree with quotas resettlement requirements.