EU set for new row over asylum rules overhaul

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BRUSSELS: The EU will unveil plans to overhaul its asylum system this week following a controversial migrant deal with Turkey, but the proposals look set to trigger fresh rows in a bloc already deeply divided by the refugee crisis. The current “Dublin rules” place a huge burden on the main migrant entry points like Greece as they say refugees must claim asylum from the first country they arrive in, and should be returned there if they move on somewhere else. The system has been rendered effectively obsolete by the huge flow of humanity drawn to wealthy Germany by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open door policy for Syrian refugees. But introducing a more centralised system for sharing out refugees around the European Union is likely to be tough, with many states too worried about immigration to show much solidarity with those on the front line.

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