MEPs to vote on Tuesday on an overhaul of the Dublin Regulation
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MEPs will vote on Tuesday in the European Parliament, in a call for an end to the rule whereby the first country a migrant enters becomes responsible for processing their asylum application, saying this places disproportionate pressure on border states such as Malta.
A report on the need for a holistic approach to migration, which was co-authored by MEP Roberta Metsola was approved by the European Parliament's Justice, Home Affairs and Civil Liberties Committee in March, with wide support from most of the political parties in the European Parliament.
The report goes into detail on every aspect of the issue, from the need for security at the external borders, more search and rescue, the overhaul of the Dublin Regulation, tackling trafficking networks, addressing the root causes of migration, integration and the return of those not eligible for protection.
1.8 million people crossed into Europe last year. 3,771 people drowned in the Mediterranean. This year already more than 77 children have died.
Significantly for Malta and other frontline Member States, the report underlines that the current rule whereby it is migrants' first country of arrival that is responsible for them, needs to be revised.