“Qualified solidarity”, Blanca Garcés Mascareñas (CIDOB, Spain)

After years of interminable meetings and never-concluded discussions on migration and asylum, Ursula von der Leyen’s European Commission seemed determined to take a step forward. The New Pact on Migration and Asylum presented last Wednesday aims to advance the perpetually postponed reform of the Common European Asylum System, which will be integrated into a further-reaching proposal that “manages and normalises migration for the long term”. Big claims for a plan that adds little to what already existed and worsens the problems that need solving.  

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