Migrants: change Dublin rules to save Schengen, Italian FM

In Tirana for trilateral with Albanian and Serbian counterparts

20 January, 19:13

    (ANSAmed) - TIRANA, JANUARY 20 - Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday that the Dublin Regulation should be changed to prevent risks to the Schengen zone.

    Speaking at a press conference in the Albanian capital after a trilateral meeting with his Albanian and Serbian counterparts, he underscored that Italy ''has long held that these are regulations thought up a quarter of a century ago for a much lower number of migrants than those today''. The Dublin Regulation is a European Union law that determines which member nation is responsible for processing the requests of asylum seekers from outside the union, generally the country where an asylum seeker first enters the union. Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic noted that 600,000 people crossed his country last year to reach northern Europe, but that ''Europe has not had a single response; some countries took unilateral actions''.

    ''An influx of this size,'' Gentiloni said, ''must be managed together in the EU and repatriation must have shared organizational and economic burdens, as should border management. Otherwise, there is the risk of a domino effect and decision by (individual, Ed.) countries, and this will put in question Schengen'', an agreement to abolish border controls among the European nations that have joined. (ANSAmed).

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