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Sweden pushes to reform EU asylum system

Published fredag 3 juni 2016 kl 10.23
What the EU Commission is trying to do
(6:54 min)
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission during his Thursday visit to Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT.
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission during his Thursday visit to Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT.

EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans was in Stockholm this week to discuss reforms to the bloc's existing rules for migrants seeking asylum, measures that Sweden views as positive.

In May, the Commission unveiled its plan to fix the so-called Dublin convention and force member states to share more equally the number of refugees seeking shelter in the EU.

Right now, refugees must apply for asylum in the EU country where they first arrive and should be sent back there if they move to somewhere else in the bloc.

Speaking with Sweden's Justice Minister and Immigration Morgan Johansson on Thursday, Timmermans said the current challenges posed by the high migration levels will be with Europe "for at least a generation."

But just how will Europe change its asylum system? Listen in as Radio Sweden explains what the commission is trying to do.

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