EU strikes historic migration deal

20 December 2023: [Tragic] Politico: EU strikes historic migration deal

Negotiators work through the night to agree on the overhaul of the EU’s asylum procedures.

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Wednesday broke years of political deadlock by agreeing on a deal that will significantly change how the bloc processes migrants, moves them around EU countries and effectively makes it easier to remove unsuccessful asylum seekers.

[…] While EU officials celebrated the agreement on the migration pact first presented by the Commission in 2020, human rights organizations and migrant advocacy groups have warned of the deal’s implications on migrants and asylum seekers reaching Europe’s borders.

“The final deal entails extremely disappointing outcomes across the board. Its main impact will be to increase suffering at borders and make it harder to seek safety,” said Olivia Sundberg Diez, Amnesty International’s EU advocate on migration and asylum, as news of the deal was made public.

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