Ports in southern Europe, the first point of landing for many asylum seekers… These places are struggling to cope with high numbers of people sent back here when their entry applications are rejected in other EU countries they try their chances in. The European Commission is urging member states to take a bigger share of the burden. There is a huge variation in rates of acceptance of asylum requests. Sweden accepts the highest number even if Italy’s proportion is higher. That of Greece is the lowest. The average rate of rejection is 60 percent. EU rules authorise sending the rejects back to where their arrival was first registered. Rights groups and the United Nations have long criticised the EU for the wide differences in the rates of asylum granted by member states. There is also a great difference in conditions for the reception of asylum seekers, in spite of common EU asylum rules.