MEPs are revising the Dublin Regulation -- the EU law that determines which country is responsible for processing asylum applications. The current system puts too much burden on frontline states like Greece and Italy. As such, lawmakers are advocating fairer distribution of asylum seekers among all member states as well as mandatory participation.
Migrants fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty continue to arrive on Europe's shores. It's a perilous journey, with thousands dying at sea. Those that do make it hope to stay in Europe. Millions have applied for asylum status in the past few years. The EU law that determines which country is responsible for processing an asylum application is called the Dublin Regulation. But it isn't working. It collapsed in 2015 with the big influx of asylum seekers. We should have a fair distribution of people so that each and every member state takes its fair share of the asylum seekers. At present, asylum applications are processed at national level. The country through which the asylum seeker first entered the EU is responsible. Frontline states like Greece and Italy bear the brunt. In future, applications should be automatically collected at the EU level and distributed based on the population and GDP of each member state. We should have a system put in place that functions irrespective of whether there's a big influx or a lower influx of people, so that we don't have anymore to put emergency measures in place. A system that can handle the magnitude of the problem; a system with shared responsibility at its core.