European Commission VP says fingerprinting refugees at borders would curb militant threats

October 6, 2015 - 

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said that fingerprinting and registering all refugees arriving in Europe would curb militant threats, according to a report by Reuters.

Timmermans said the EU would be better equipped to accommodate the surge of refugees and migrants by increasing protection at its external borders and ensuring that individuals who are ineligible for asylum are sent back to their home countries.

In response to concerns brought forward by authorities in some member states on how the EU could prevent militants from entering the refugee stream, Timmermans suggested that border authorities could fingerprint people on arrival.

“If done properly you can filter out the terrorists,” Timmermans said. “What I don’t like is that some people use this argument against all refugees from everywhere, (saying), ‘But terrorists will arrive among them’. That is the lamest excuse that is being used for not taking your international responsibility. If we do our jobs and we make sure as soon as people arrive they are fingerprinted and identified, then that problem doesn’t exist.”

He added that he did not believe militants would risk joining the refugee flow if they knew they would definitely be fingerprinted on arrival.

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