• By The Financial District


The European Commission (EC) is to propose a long-awaited overhaul of the European Union's migration and asylum system, likely setting off an explosive debate over what is one of the bloc's most politically sensitive issues.

The EU's migration system has come under increasing pressure in recent years, with bottlenecks forming at external borders, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.

Under current EU rules, the country where people first generally arrive has to process their asylum claims; this means countries with external borders carry a disproportionate burden. While some countries argue for a mechanism to automatically redistribute asylum seekers, others - such as Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria - strongly oppose this. Rights activists are concerned that the new measures could see a tightening of asylum rules, including increased detentions at the EU's borders.

With the proposals set to cause fights between the EU countries, it is far from certain that they will be approved by the EU leaders and European Parliament. Previous attempts have failed. According to the commission's document registry, the EU executive body is to propose a set of new and amended regulations, including on the screening of asylum seekers and on crisis situations.

The Financial District would like to learn more from its audience. Can you please give us feedback on this article you just read. Click Here to participate in our online survey.