European leaders weigh asylum center outside EU

Danish PM and Austrian chancellor support idea

07 June, 11:56

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 7 - Several EU countries are discussing the creation of camps for asylum seekers in a country on the continent but outside the European Union. Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen spoke of the idea with local media on Wednesday. ''I am optimistic,'' he was quoted by De Standaard as saying, ''on the basis of my talks with other EU leaders, and dialogue at the official level. I expect us to be able to make the first step this year.'' Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz seconded Rasmussen in speaking in Brussels, according to Thursday's German edition of Handelsblatt. "We suggested a long time ago that it would make sense to offer protection outside of the European Union, where (migrants) get protection where it is necessary but do not have the opportunity to pick the best system in Europe," Kurz said. Rasmussen and Kurz said talks were being held between European governments but not within the EU framework. (ANSAmed).

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