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Common European Asylum System Reforms

The European Commission has recently presented proposals to complete the reform of the Common European Asylum System.

According to the Commission, these reforms will help ensure a fully efficient, fair and humane asylum policy, which can function effectively both in times of normal and high migratory pressure.

Based on previous experience, a more efficient and coherent asylum system requires a common and harmonised set of rules at EU level, says the Commission. It is therefore proposing the creation of a common procedure for international protection, uniform standards for protection and rights granted to beneficiaries of international protection and the further harmonisation of reception conditions in the EU.

Overall, says the Commission, these proposals will simplify and shorten the asylum procedure and decision-making, discourage secondary movements of asylum seekers and increase integration prospects of those that are entitled to international protection.

"The EU needs an asylum system which is both effective and protective, based on common rules, solidarity and a fair sharing of responsibilities,” explained First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. “The proposed reforms will make sure that persons in genuine need of international protection get it quickly, but also that those who do not have the right to receive protection in the EU can be returned swiftly.”

“The changes will create a genuine common asylum procedure and guarantee that asylum seekers are treated in an equal and appropriate manner, regardless of the Member State in which they make their application,” added Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos. “At the same time, we set clear obligations and duties for asylum seekers to prevent secondary movements and abuse of the procedures. Our objective is to have a common system which is quick, efficient and based on harmonised rules and mutual trust between Member States."

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