Some politicians and judges in Germany have complained that asylum applications are not made in their first EU state of entry. Earlier this month Dusseldorf Administrative Court President Andreas Heusch complained “Neither European nor national asylum law works. The whole system is dysfunctional,” he said.
“We do not even manage to return asylum seekers in the border town of Niederkrüchten just a few kilometres to the Netherlands or to Belgium within six months,” Heusch said. “Our decisions are without consequences.”
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Lowest application rates
Both Hungary and Poland currently have right-wing, populist parties in government, and Hungary has taken a hardline approach to migration and asylum. They stood out with the lowest number of asylum applications per million residents in 2018:
- EU-wide average was 1,133 applicants per million population
- Hungary received 65 applicants per million population
- Poland received 63 applicants per million population
law/jm (dpa, Reuters)
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