Leaked papers have emerged claiming the European Commission is looking to take some power out of member states’ hands.
The publication reports moving “responsibility for the processing of asylum claims from the national to the EU level”.
This would, the document says, “create a single and centralised decision-making mechanism”.
Brussels is reportedly considering two ways of reforming the asylum system across the 28-member bloc.
One would maintain the existing system, where under the so-called “Dublin regulation” migrants are required to submit a claim in the first country of entry.
However, the EU would seek to balance this with a “corrective fairness mechanism”, which would allow for the redistribution of refugees across member states in times of particular need.
The other option on the table would introduce a distribution system for all migrants using a formula based on the wealth, size and reception capabilities of member sates.