Two politicians from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel have written to the European Commission calling for more detention centers to be built for migrants in Italy and Spain.
The joint letter draws attention to the lack of progress in the negotiations on a European asylum system due to the differences between the Member States. “At the same time, the influx of migrants to Europe, especially via the Mediterranean route, has risen sharply again,” said her letter to the CDU spokesman, Mathias Middelberg, and MEP Lena Duepont.
Middelberg and Duepont cite the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a “substantial increase” in the arrival of migrants in Italy and Spain. The letter is specifically addressed to the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Health and Safety, Margaritis Schinas.
“We continue to believe that the existence of reception centers in Italy and Spain, along with the pilot reception center currently being planned in Lesbos, could be of great importance in effectively reducing migration in the Mediterranean,” they argued. The internment camp in Lesbos is scheduled to start operating in winter.
“Most of the migrants who disembark in Italy and Spain come from countries where there is no persecution,” said Middelberg in statements to the DPA news agency, in which he said that asylum applications were processed quickly and that asylum applications were “immediately returned” Link with economic development defended programs in the countries of origin.
Duepont, for his part, has called for more ambition and speed in the negotiations on the reform of the asylum system, which have stalled for years. Italy and Spain oppose the construction of further prisons on their territory and support the division of the flow of migrants between the member countries.