by Arthur Foxake
The European Commission planned to propose (i.e. dictate) a quota system next week as part of a wider strategy to help Italy, Greece and Malta cope with thousands of migrants. The U.N. refugee agency reports that over 26,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Italy alone so far this year. It should be noted that Spain is also affected along with non - EU member Turkey.
Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola said:
“We need a binding solidarity mechanism that allows for the fair distribution of asylum seekers among member states once a certain threshold has been reached. This is not a challenge that Italy or Malta or Greece should face alone.”
The plan quickly fell apart however when other smaller nations with economies still being hard hit by the terms of their Euro single currency membership refused their support.
Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia have all rejected the plans to introduce a quotas that would oblige countries to share the burden of refugees, we learn from Associated Press.
The governments are objecting publicly to a system which requires the agreement of all 28 EU member states in order to be enacted. They favour voluntary relocation and resettlement of refugees.
The European Commission was to propose the quota system next week as part of a wider strategy to help Italy, Greece and Malta cope with thousands of migrants. The U.N. refugee agency reports that over 26,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Italy alone so far this year.
It is only a week since we reported that the EU is playing politics with lives by refusing a British offer of naval support for search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean where thousands of people each week are trying to cross from African to Europe in unseaworthy boats, having paid massive fees to human trafficking racketeers for 'arranged migration packages'.
The unelected bureaucrats of the EU commission are obviously quite happy to exploit the crisis to advance their efforts to control elected national governments.
In an interview with the national radio station, Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán said:
“This is not solidarity. It is an unfair, unrighteous and dishonourable proposal which we cannot accept, it is a crazy idea for someone to let refugees into their own country, not defend their borders, and then say: ‘Now I will distribute them among you, who did not want to let anyone in’.”
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