The option of EU asylum offices in Northern Africa

Heiko Maas, German Minister of Justice (SPD), questions the reality and consequences of creating EU offices in Africa to process asylum requests of refugees, as reported in an article by Die Zeit. The article itself refers to an interview given by Maas to the Rheinische Post.

It is very likely that those centres would be understood as “walls” rather than “opportunities” by the refugees, thus not limiting the wave of people crossing the sea, he says.