The European Union has moved forward on deporting rejected asylum seekers to ease the pressure from the Syrian migration crisis.
The interior ministers of the E.U. met to discuss a 10-point plan and agreed to new regulations that will speed up the process of removing more than 400,000 illegal immigrants. The ultimate goal is to deter others coming in the future by sending a clear message that they won’t be able to stay if they are rejected asylum.
“We need to be better and more effective, not just at helping people and offering refuge, but also at returning those who have no right to stay,” E.U. Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said at a press conference . “That is why a credible and effective return policy is also an essential component of our efforts.”
The return program will be funded by the $3.5 billion Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, with a significant portion now set aside for the next five years