Migrants: Reception centres to be opened on voluntary basis


Controlled reception centres for migrants in Europe, which were agreed by EU leaders during their recent summit in Brussels, will be established on a voluntary basis, French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau said on Friday.
“We are talking about the voluntary principle. The reception centres will be created in the countries of arrival that want to do so.
“This is reasonable. Such centres are a recognition of the fact that when someone comes to the European territory … it is Europe that should take responsibility for the accommodation of those seeking asylum,” the minister told the Europe 1 radio.
Later in the day, Loiseau, speaking to the BFMTV broadcaster, refused to directly answer a question on whether France was going to create such controlled refugee centres.
Loiseau said that “a priori there is no reason for France to be a country of primary arrival.” Despite this, however, the French official said that Paris was ready to assist in accommodating migrants arriving to Europe.
Migration is the key topic being discussed among EU leaders at their two-day European Council summit, which started on Thursday.
The conclusions for Thursday’s talks, issued earlier in the day, said that the parties agreed to intensify efforts on combating illegal migrant smuggling, and step up support for the countries of migrants’ origin, voluntary returns and resettlement.
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