Löfven wants to scrap the Dublin Convention

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Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) wants to get rid of the Dublin Convention and replace it with a new system for Europe to handle asylum seekers, according to Swedish Television News.

According to the existing Dublin Convention, refugees must generally seek asylum in the EU country to which they first arrive, but lately, many newcomers are bypassing registration in the country they first come to, instead waiting to register until they get to the country where they want to end up.

Swedish Television News reports that according to its sources, Sweden, Germany and Austria are among countries who want to see this Dublin convention scrapped, so that refugees and migrants would seek asylum in the EU, at large, not in individual countries, as the situation is today. The new process would focus on the EU's outer borders, where asylum seekers would then be distributed from "hotspots" to places within Europe, based on forced quotas.

"We have to have a new order for how a Europe, together, must take responsibility," Löfven told Swedish Television News in Valletta, Malta, where he has been for a top-level meeting with EU and African leaders on the refugee crisis. The aim of the meeting is to tackle the problems that drive people to flee, and to persuade Africa to accept back people who fail in being granted asylum.

"We need a new Dublin convention tied to hotspots. It's time to get this discussion started for real, among EU member states," Löfven continued.

Löfven added that while Sweden must respect the Dublin convention as long as it is in effect, it is not working well enough, and that it won't be up to people who flee to Europe to choose which country they go to. The EU overall needs to receive them, and there needs to be a system for how this should happen. He said hotspots need to work, and there needs to be an order for deportations. He stressed that all this needs to be in one package so that there are common rules; so that the EU can act jointly.

And at noon today, Sweden instituted temporary border controls in an effort to exert more control over the rising number of migrants arriving in the country.