Against the background of the rapidly growing number of asylum-seekers, Daniel Gros argues in this CEPS Commentary that the EU needs to take action on two fronts. First, member countries must urgently boost their capacity to deal with asylum applications, so that they can quickly identify those who truly deserve protection. Second, the EU needs to improve burden-sharing in providing shelter for those who gain asylum. In his view, international law – and basic morality – demands nothing less.
Daniel Gros is Director of CEPS. An earlier version of this commentary was published by Project Syndicate, 8 September 2015, and syndicated to newspapers and journals worldwide (http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-asylum-burden-sharing-by-daniel-gros-2015-09). It is republished here with the kind permission of Project Syndicate.