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Should refugees seeking asylum in Europe be distributed among EU member states according to a quota?
A quota scheme commodifies asylum seekers, treating them as a burden to be distributed. This is ethically concerning.
Commodifying refugees can lead to them becoming a novel source of
to be strategically exploited by countries for national interest.
In many respects, they are a burden to be distributed. Acknowledging that hosting refugees has costs is necessary to ensure that those costs can be effectively shared and mitigated.
Regardless of whether refugees are in the quota system or not, many will already have had previous experience of being treated as a
at some point on their journey to Europe.
For refugees fleeing war and terror, being given safe haven in a country is a much more important and immediate concern than being possibly treated as a commodity.