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New Commissioner for Asylum Centers

The incoming Italian commissioner has spoken out in favor of processing camps in northern Africa to evaluate asylum seekers claims before they arrive in Europe.

The incoming Italian commissioner has spoken out in favor of a controversial German idea for a refugee camp in northern Africa to process asylum seekers trying to reach Europe. Rocco Buttiglione, due to start Nov. 1 as justice and home affairs commissioner, told German public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk it was a "good idea" to give refugees a legal way of entering Europe. The camp idea was recently revived by German Interior Minister Otto Schily and sparked a fierce debate across Europe. Both Italy and Germany are now working on a joint plan to fight illegal immigration to be presented in mid-October. (EUobserver.com)

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