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    The revision of Dublin Regulation proposed by the European Commission may be finalized by the end of this year, Sweden's former prime minister told Sputnik on Saturday.

    DAVOS (Sputnik) Daria Chernyshova – The 1990 Dublin Regulation, signed by all EU members, stipulates that the first EU member country entered by a refugee is responsible for processing their asylum application.

    After the migration crisis escalated in 2015, some EU countries called for the system to be amended as it leads to a disproportionate amount of migrants in peripheral EU member states that cannot handle the influx.

    "There is a proposal coming out from the [European] Commission that is going to be controversial on revising the entire Dublin system. That is complicated, because there are different points of view there, but I would assume that after a couple of summit meetings there would be a some sort of the agreement towards the end of the year," Carl Bildt, who also served as Sweden's foreign minister, said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    Europe is struggling to find a solution to a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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