EU agrees reforms to migration rules

The screening of migrants, the use of biometric data, and new rules that determine which EU countries should handle asylum applications have been agreed in late night talks

Helen McEntee, justice minister, said outsourcing of the processing of asylum applications was not under consideration in Ireland. Picture: RollingNews

European Union negotiators have reached a deal on the main elements of an overhaul to the bloc’s asylum and migration rules.

Envoys from member countries, the bloc’s parliament and the executive branch, the European Commission, “reached a deal on the core political elements” of the Pact on Asylum and Migration, the EU’s Spanish presidency said in a statement after a night of negotiations. The late night deal on the most contentious aspects of the pact ...