Germany and The Netherlands are setting up the agenda on the EU – Turkey Summit on March 7th 2016. based on statements made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte it comes down to this: refugees and migrants would have to apply for asylum in Greece and stay here for as long as EU needs.
Angela Merkel: “The policy of waving is over. There are accommodation- and residence-options also in Greece. The refugees must make use of them.”
Mark Rutte: “People need to seek asylum in the first Schengen country they enter and stay there until their application approved.”
I do not know where Merkel saw the “accommodation- and residence-options in Greece”, she probably considers a blanket on the ground or a summer tent very appropriate accommodation for families with kids or fragile elderly. Like Rutte, she said also that the “refugees have to submit asylum request in Greece”, however she did not elaborate how long they have to stay and wait for the application to be approved. She stressed though that “asylum seekers have no right to request to go to a specific country” and that after their asylum-application they will be distributed to EU countries.
Apparently Merkel has found some allies within the European Union and therefore she pushes for such a proposal.
Greece will in addition push for a compulsory distribution, so Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday.
As Summit resolutions are the result of tough bargain and negotiations, it looks more likely that the refugees will be stuck in Greece for as long as bureaucratic Europe will need.
An asylum application in Germany, for example, needs an average of six months to get approval or rejection.