EU vows to shutdown Calais migrant route with new asylum plans

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It was announced as part of the European Commission’s proposed overhaul of the bloc’s failed migration and asylum rules. Under the blueprint, France will be handed greater powers to deport migrants congregating in and around ports on the English Channel. The route has become a key target for people traffickers sending men, women and children on the perilous journey to the south coast.

Home Secretary Ms Patel earlier this summer hit out at EU states for failing to curb the flow of migrants travelling to northern France.

The EU’s home affairs chief said the new system would make it easier for national authorities to shutdown illegal smuggling routes and encampments.

Ylva Johansson said a strict registration scheme would be used to identify and relocate migrants previously assigned to another member state.

She said: “It’s important that everybody that comes to the EU irregularly are being registered and screened, and that we have a decision for which country is responsible for dealing with the asylum application if the person applies.

“That means we have a system and with everybody registered, it’s easy to find fingerprints in the Eurodac registration and who is responsible for this person.”

Eurocrats hope the plans will end years of bitter infighting between member states over how to handle migration from Africa and the Middle East.

Eastern countries, such as Poland and Hungry, have previously rejected proposals that impose a legal obligation to host an assigned “quota” of refugees.

But in a bid to soften their opposition to “mandatory solidarity”, states will be handed a £9,000-bung for each adult they host.

Under the new proposal, arrivals in the EU would be assigned to specific countries based on family links, history of education or work, or having a visa issued by an EU state.

And if a single country is subject to “migratory pressure” and cannot care for refugees, it can activate a “compulsory solidarity mechanism”.

All states would then be ordered to contribute, according to their economic situation and population.

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The Commission aims to have the new migration system up and running from 2023.

The proposals still need to be rubber-stamped by capitals and the European Parliament.

Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz has warned “many states” would reject any attempts by the EU to redistribute asylum seekers around the bloc.

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A diplomat from an eastern state said: “Bottom line for us is that we might, and very probably will, end up with mandatory relocation. That is a no go for us.”

Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas said: “No one’s concerns are more legitimate than the others, they all deserve to be recognised, acknowledged and addressed.”

Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen added: “Migration is complex, the old system to deal with it in Europe no longer works.”

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