The German Interior Ministry said that migrants arriving from Africa and the Middle East should be intercepted at sea and sent for processing at camps in third countries. The Ministry proposed the EU to consider the Australian’s system of immigration control that allows the authorities to detain people on the Pacific Islands while their asylum applications are considered.
“The elimination of the prospect of reaching the European coast could convince migrants to avoid embarking on the life-threatening and costly journey in the first place,” a ministry spokeswoman said, according to Welt am Sonntag.
If the EU decided to adopt the Australian policy of dealing with refugees, it would intercept asylum seekers in the Mediterranean Sea and sent them for processing perhaps to Egypt, Tunis or other African states.
In October 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during her three-day day tour of Africa, called on the African states to do more to stem migration to Europe. In return, Merkel pledged more development aid and infrastructure investments on the countries’ economies.