EU asks countries to share migrant burden

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BRUSSELSA: Divided European Union on Wednesday unveiled a fresh plan to shake up its failed asylum policy and force countries to share the burden of its unprecedented migrant crisis.

Just days after Greece began expelling migrants to Turkey under a controversial swap deal, a top EU official admitted that the bloc’s current system was “not working.”

“We need to reform our European asylum system,” Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans told reporters in Brussels, as the bloc battles its worst migration crisis since World War II.

The influx of more than one million migrants fleeing war  and poverty has put the bloc’s cherished border-free rules under severe strain and sparked sharp divisions among the 28 EU nations.