For years the EU has been fighting over a fundamental reform of the asylum and migration policy in Europe – and thus also about the Dublin system, which is also a topic of discussion in Switzerland. Among other things, it deals with the politically explosive question of how migrants can be more fairly distributed among the member states. The Union has recently launched a new attempt for a European pact for migration and asylum.
Switzerland should also have a say in this. The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (71) today assured Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Sutter (56) at a meeting in Berlin.
Germany and Switzerland agree
The Justice Minister told the media in Berlin that she had high hopes for the German EU Council Presidency. Switzerland, as an associated member of the Schengen-Dublin area, said that participating in the discussions was very important. Switzerland has a lot of expertise, as an exemplary example, Keller-Sutter cited the rapid pre-examination of asylum applications.
They agreed on all points, and she believes Germany is successful in the struggle for a European migration pact. It was “a question of political craft,” said the Federal Councilor. She was “cautiously optimistic”.
Which is realistic
Seehofer outlined five points that he believes should be agreed in the EU:
- better cooperation with the countries of origin of the refugees and migrants
- better support for transit countries
- a joint return by the European border agency Frontex
- the opening of legal ways of migration, for example through more work permits
- increased protection of the EU’s external borders
Keller-Sutter and Seehofer praised the “excellent industrial relations” between Switzerland and Germany. In addition to the European migration policy, the current pandemic situation and issues of internal security and police cooperation were also discussed. (SDA / lha)