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Why the EU can’t outsource its migration crisis

Brussels’ proposal to create processing centers in North Africa creates more problems than it solves.

  • Melanie Ward
  • Politico

LONDON — When disagreements over how best to share the responsibility for asylum seekers and migrants in the European Union flared up earlier this summer, EU policymakers reached once again for a familiar proposal.

TOPSHOT - Migrants from Afghanistan arrive after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey with a dinghy on the Greek Mediterranean island of Lesbos on August 6, 2018. - More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in the first seven months of this year, over half of them in June and July, the UN refugee agency said on August 3, 2018. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rather than seek out a compromise over how best to protect people seeking refuge from conflict or persecution, Europe’s leaders agreed to explore creating so-called “regional disembarkation platforms” — centers outside the EU where migrants rescued in the…

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