Ireland to be liable for more asylum seekers than most other EU countries under new pact

Radical reforms will see ‘fair share’ approach to migration based on population size and GDP

Helen McEntee, Minister for Justice, has said Ireland will consider whether it will opt in to the new rules once they are enacted. Picture: Norma Burke

Ireland will be responsible for a larger portion of asylum seekers per capita than nearly all other European countries under new EU plans, the Business Post can reveal.

The new Migration and Asylum Pact is seeking to radically overhaul the bloc’s approach to migration, and is expected to be completed in advance of the end of the current European political term next summer.

Under one aspect of the proposals which were recently agreed at European ...