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Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, August 17, 2015

Countries of arrival face hellish dilemma

The chaos in the process of taking in refugees on the Greek island of Kos exposes the failure of Europe's asylum policy, points out the Christian social daily newspaper Trouw: "It is a hellish dilemma for the Greek government: the current rules of asylum in Europe make it worthwhile to offer asylum seekers as little help as possible initially, to let them almost die. Because that means they'll move on quickly to northern Europe, which is what most of them plan to do anyway. The major system error of European asylum policy comes into play here: it is still the countries of arrival that are financially responsible for accommodating and registering the asylum seekers. … The south of Europe must bear the brunt of the burden. This leads to cynical treatment of people from war zones. The agreements on emergency aid must be formulated more honestly - and post haste, too."

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