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Should refugees seeking asylum in Europe be distributed among EU member states according to a quota?
Refugees seeking asylum in Europe should be distributed among EU member states according to a quota.
EU states have a
shared moral responsibility
to help asylum seekers, which includes partaking in a quota system.
A quota system benefits asylum seekers.
Unless the EU agrees on a refugee quota system it cannot fulfil its obligations in regards to asylum issues.
A quota scheme commodifies asylum seekers, treating them as a burden to be distributed. This is ethically concerning.
A quota system is unenforceable due to the
lack of border control
between most EU countries. Regardless of the EU country a refugee is given asylum in, they can travel to any other EU country easily.
Forcing a country to take in a quota of refugees undermines its national sovereignty.
Taking in a larger number of refugees would be a security risk for member states that lack the necessary infrastructure to properly vet the refugees.
Forcing a refugee quota on member countries would be unpopular.
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