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New measures at EU borders to block non-Ukrainian refugees

Jerome Hughes
Press TV, Brussels

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new enforcement measures at EU borders to control the movement of asylum seekers.

Rights campaigners describe the bloc's refugee policy as racist and discriminatory.

The situation for refugees in and around the European Union is getting worse by the day. At a meeting of EU lawmakers in Brussels on Wednesday it was announced tougher controls will be used on the border between EU-member Bulgaria and non-member Turkey.

EU institutions and leaders are accused of breaking international law surrounding the protection of refugees. Campaigners say shunned refugees are fleeing countries destabilised by the West. At the same time millions of Ukrainians are being welcomed here and given the same rights as EU citizens.

Legislators are calling on EU leaders to provide safe, legal routes for refugees.
The EU is currently developing a new asylum policy but it's already shrouded in scepticism.
Many EU nations are now struggling to accommodate the millions of Ukrainian refugees who have travelled here. Thousands more continue to arrive each day.

Agencies across the EU, that are already overwhelmed, warn the breaking point is being reached. They are demanding additional resources from Governments. 


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