Relocation puzzle: Exploring ways out of the solidarity impasse

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As the EU’s current legislative cycle is coming to an end, this policy paper analyses the four major proposals put forward to revise the Dublin Regulation. It argues that two points of contention stand in the way of solving the EU’s ‘relocation puzzle’: varying preferences for a permanent or temporary relocation mechanism and contradictory views on the voluntary or mandatory nature of such a mechanism. With no compromise in sight, the paper proposes a Franco-German initiative focusing on two short-term measures: establish an EU search and rescue operation complemented by a ‘coalition of the committed’ to organize the relocation of asylum seekers rescued in the Mediterranean.