In current months, Spain has develop into a entrance line of migration to Europe, after the closing of Hungary’s border to Serbia and Austria’s crackdown on migrant arrivals, which have led fewer individuals to attempt to illegally enter Europe through the Mediterranean shores of Greece and Italy.
Over 26,500 asylum-seekers entered Spain within the first eight months of this yr, in line with the Worldwide Group for Migration — greater than in all of 2017.
Underneath present observe, the European Union nation the place migrants first arrive is answerable for registering them and figuring out whether or not they’re refugees. However that system was established earlier than the struggle in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State, which drove a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals to hunt refuge.
International locations on the Continent’s perimeter have complained that the observe forces them to hold a disproportionate burden, requiring them to course of and look after migrants who in some instances have already got kin within the wealthier nations of northern Europe.
On the summit assembly in June, European leaders agreed to a set of proposals to deal with migration, together with establishing facilities in Europe and North Africa the place lately arriving migrants can be screened, recognized and distributed among the many member states. Thus far, no nations exterior the bloc have been keen to permit it to arrange facilities on their territory.
In an effort to raised deal with refugees, Germany opened its first screening facilities final week in Bavaria, the house state of Mr. Seehofer, the place his get together faces a tricky native election in October.
The facilities are to operate as clearing homes the place migrants would stay till the authorities are capable of course of their purposes for refugee standing. Beforehand, new arrivals have been distributed amongst communities all through the nation, and have been put in momentary lodging whereas their standing was determined.
Critics have argued that the facilities would separate the migrants from the broader German society, making it harder for them to regulate. And the German department of the charity Save the Kids has accused the facilities of failing to supply “an setting that kids want in an effort to develop.”