Horst Seehofer, the country’s federal interior minister, insisted Brussels must undergo fundamental reforms to its asylum and migration policy. “Migration policy is the central domestic issue of the European Union,” he said. “We need a new beginning for migration policy in Europe.”
Mr Seehofer said those seeking to claim asylum in the EU should be able to be rejected at the bloc’s external borders.
The so-called Dublin Regulation, which establishes what EU member state is responsible for asylum applications, needs overhauling, the German added.
He said: “Obviously inadmissible or unfounded applications should be rejected immediately at the external border, in which case no entry into the EU is allowed.”
And the Dublin Regulation should be replaced by “establishing firm responsibilities for the examination of requests for protection”.
Angela Merkel's interior minister Horst Seehofer has called for an EU overhaul of migration policy (Image: GETTY)
Mr Seehofer says Brussels must be able to reject asylum seekers at its external borders (Image: GETTY)
The German’s warnings comes in the wake of a European Court of Auditors report that warns the bloc must do more to tackle illegal migration.
The audit, which focused on the implantation of EU asylum policies in Greece and Italy, found targets had not been met.
Brussels set an initial target of relocating 160,000 migrants, but eventually agreed to relocate 98,256 individuals. However, only 34,705 were actually ever relocated.
Only 34,705 - 21,999 were from Greece and 12,706 from Italy ere found new homes across EU countries.