Sub-Saharan migrants residing in a Temporary Centre for Immigrants (CETI) waiting in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in northern Africa, before departure towards the Spanish mainland for their relocation in reception centres.Photo/Archive/EPA/REDUAN
Sub-Saharan migrants residing in a Temporary Centre for Immigrants (CETI) waiting in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in northern Africa, before departure towards the Spanish mainland for their relocation in reception centres.Photo/Archive/EPA/REDUAN

EU member states are expected to increase detention center capacity and step up migrant deportations, in line with a request from the European Commission.

The European Commission has asked member states to increase their detention center capacity and step up deportations of economic migrants, according to the latest report on the implementation of the EU Agenda on Migration Policy. 


The announcement was made by Natasha Bertaud, Migration Spokesperson for the EU Commission, in answering reporters' questions. 

Negotiations on Dublin regulation reform in Bulgarian hands 

On the issue of the automatic and mandatory redistribution mechanism for asylum seekers, according to pre-set criteria as part of the Dublin regulation reform, Bertaud said that the negotiations were in the hands of the Bulgaria EU presidency. She added that additional elements had been added to the Commission's proposal in an attempt to seek a compromise among the 28 countries involved. 

Solidarity mechanism, Italy against draft 

In the Dublin regulation reform proposal under discussion, a 'solidarity mechanism' is provided for if a significant resumption of migration flows were to occur. There is also a five-year period of responsibility for the first country of entrance for the migrant, EU sources say. 

For the moment, Italy has said that it is against the draft reform regulation, which will be debated by EU interior ministers on June 4.
 

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