What does the new agreement provide for immigrants who arrived in the countries of the European Union
The countries of the European Union have reached an important agreement on immigration and asylum.
Under the agreement, countries that do not want to accept irregular migrants arriving in the EU will have to pay 20,000 euros for each rejected applicant.
With an accelerated procedure, within a maximum of 12 weeks those seeking asylum must be verified and if they do not have convincing arguments for their application, because they come from a safe country, they will be returned immediately.
This affects those who come from countries whose admission quota at the EU level is below 12 percent, which includes Albania.
"This is a huge, huge achievement, showing that it is possible to work together on migration. We are much stronger when we work together," said Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.
Last year, the EU received more than 962,000 asylum applications, the highest figure since 2016.
The rules approved now by the Council of Ministers will be approved in the European Parliament by the end of this year.
If the further legal process passes without a hitch being approved by MPs before the spring EU elections in June, then the rules come into force next year.