EU to limit visas if countries refuse to take back migrants

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By: AP | Brussels |
Published: March 14, 2018 8:17 pm


The aim is to target decision-makers by dragging out the application time for diplomatic visas, hiking costs or cutting short their stays.

The European Union moved Wednesday to speed up the return of unauthorized migrants, announcing plans to punish countries that refuse to take back their nationals by restricting visas for their diplomats.

While the number of people entering Europe in search of better lives has dropped dramatically over the past year, EU countries only send back around half of migrants denied visas, often because the migrants have lost or destroyed their ID documents and it’s difficult to establish their nationality. Fake ID is also often used.

France, for example, is angered that Mali routinely refuses to take back people that Paris insists are from…

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