Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) and Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, have discussed measures to bring migration under control in preparation for the EU summit to be held in Brussels on 28–29 June.
Disagreements over asylum seekers have recently escalated into a political feud in Germany and created tensions between member states of the EU.
Tusk and Bulgaria, the current holder of the presidency of the European Council, are reportedly intent on proposing that processing centres for asylum seekers be established outside the EU, according to documents leaked from the European Council.
The centres have been trumpeted as a means to divide migrants into people who are in need of international protection and people who are looking for a higher standard of living and, as a result, reduce the number of unwarranted asylum claims.
Sipilä underscored to Tusk that the member states have no choice but to find a solution to bring migration under control.
“Finland has placed an emphasis on an integrated approach to controlling migrant flows. Our priority must be to eliminate the factors that force people to leave their homes. If we succeed, it will reduce the pressure on the EU. The EU must continue its work towards overhauling the common asylum system,” he says in a press release.
Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, told Uusi Suomi on Wednesday that the government is urging the bloc to reduce cross-border asylum claims by shifting the emphasis of its asylum system towards quota refugees. He, however, expressed his doubt about the need to establish new processing centres, arguing that they would overlap with the current refugee centres.
Sipilä similarly voiced his support for accepting refugees directly from refugee camps.
“Finland has accepted refugees directly from the UN’s refugee camps for years. This is in many ways a good practice to help vulnerable people and a practice that should be increased between EU member states,” he views.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi