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Restart or rebrand? New EU Migration Pact under the microscope


Migration into the European Union has never been that far from the headlines over the past few years, ever since a huge spike in the number of people seeking asylum in the bloc in 2015. Their number has now fallen drastically, with irregular entries down to about 140,000 a year. But migration remains a political hot potato. Recently the Moria camp for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos burned to the ground, highlighting the political deadlock and human cost of the current status quo. 


The European Commission has now come up with a new Migration Pact, but reactions from EU governments range from lukewarm to outright protest. Our guests, two MEPs from opposing sides of the political spectrum, debate whether the Migration Pact is a restart or a rebrand – and whether it can work. 

>> EU unveils 'compulsory solidarity' plan to share burden of migration

Produced by Mathilde Bénézet, Isabelle Romero and Perrine Desplats

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