Hotspot approach towards migration in Italy and Greece works, but critical issues remain

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 29.4.2017 21:34

The EU Court of Auditors stated in a report released on 25 April that the so-called hotspot approach has helped to improve migration management in Italy and Greece, especially the registration, identification and security checking of migrants. However, the reception facilities in both countries are not yet adequate to properly receive or accommodate the number of migrants arriving.

The hotspot approach has been employed to help border member states, as well as the entire EU, cope with the dramatic increase in migration. Italy and Greece have been highly burdened by immigration since 2015, and therefore, the so-called Dublin Regulation was temporarily suspended until the situation in the border states improves. Nevertheless, setting up the hotspots took longer than planned. Italy is encouraged to increase the number of hotspots, and Greece should upgrade their accommodation capacity. Besides criticism concerning the accommodation conditions, the auditors are also concerned about follow-up procedures, such as a national asylum application, relocation to another member state or return to the country of origin. Therefore, although there are voices and efforts calling for the deportation of asylum seekers to the Schengen border states, intergovernmental organisations do not recommend sending them back.

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