Ursula von der Leyen "ready to overhaul Dublin convention" on asylum seekers in the EU

In an interview with German daily Bild, new European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said emotion needed to be take out of the issue of migration in Europe and pragmatic solutions found. 

She said she was ready to overhaul the EU’s Dublin convention, under which asylum seekers must lodge their requests in the first EU country they set foot in. 

“We must reform Dublin to achieve more fairness and burden-sharing,” von der Leyen told Bild.

In reality, the Dublin Convention - which directly echoes United Nations rules - is often ignored, particularly by France, which is keen to move migrants across the Channel and on to the UK. Italy is also slipping into a decidedly ugly anti-migrant mode and refusing entry, as Matteo Salvini seeks to divert attention from his country's dire economic situation by blaming immigrants for Italy's woes.

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