The reform of the Dublin system and its fault lines: on geography, solidarity and agency

The paper discusses the failed – or doomed to fail – attempts of the European Union to establish a system of allocation of responsibility for the processing of asylum claims that would strike a workable compromise between the different groups of Member States created predominantly by geography. The unattainable goal pursued by the Commission seems to be to build such a system upon solidarity between member states. Agency of the asylum seeker, her rights, interests and preferences are almost completely irrelevant, putting the values of solidarity and agency seemingly at odds with each other. But it cannot be overlooked that by reconceptualising solidarity, we could potentially identify solutions capable of satisfying both values at the same time.