Vienna (MTI) – The deportation of rejected asylum-seekers is a major refugee policy challenge that should be coped with on EU level, László Trócsányi, Hungary’s justice minister, told an Austrian paper.
In an interview printed in Die Presse on Saturday, he said that, for various reasons, expulsion from EU member states “is not possible” in most cases. For this reason, there is a pressing need for the EU-wide regulation of deportation practices, he added.
The issue, the minister said, should be tackled by the European border control agency Frontex. Upon request, the agency is already assisting the member states with a total of 700 staff members in deportation, he added.
Trócsányi said that Frontex should be granted further powers and funds, and the rejected asylum-seekers should be returned to their countries of origin. It would be of great help especially for the smaller member states if Frontex directly negotiated with the sending countries on their reception, he said.
Trócsányi said that the distribution of migrants upon the mandatory quota scheme carries a bad message and encourages migration. Further, the scheme is ineffective because most migrants wish to settle in a certain few member states rather than in Romania or Hungary.