EU’s ‘fair share’ approach to asylum seekers to only apply in emergency situations

Reforms to EU migration policy will allow countries overwhelmed by international protection applicants to ask for help from other member states

McEntee told the Business Post that it was important to note that the fair share contribution would only apply to the solidarity pool, “not to the total number of asylum applications across the EU”. Picture: Barry Cronin

New migration policies that could see Ireland responsible for a proportionately larger number of asylum seekers per capita than most other EU countries would only apply to emergency surges where other member states are unable to cope, the Minister for Justice has said.

Helen McEntee was reacting to a Business Post report that Ireland will be responsible for a larger portion of asylum seekers per capita than nearly all other European countries under new EU ...