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The What and The Why of the EU Plan for Refugees

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled plans for the EU states to take in 120,000 refugees of those currently in Greece, Hungary, and Italy.
Germany, France and Spain will take a combined total of almost 60 percent of 120,000 refugees under mandatory quotas.

Germany: 31,443 (26.2 percent)
France: 24,031 (20 percent)
Spain: 14,931 (12.4 percent) over two years.

The next biggest intakes would be Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, Belgium and Sweden.austria

If a member state refused to take its quota it would be expected to offer financial compensation.The quotas are worked out according to the country’s GDP (40 percent), population (40 percent), unemployment rate (10 percent) and already-processed asylum applications.

Britain, Ireland and Denmark have opted out of certain EU treaties and so are not required to participate in the plan.

The quotas are in addition to Mr Junker’s proposal for the relocation of nearly 40,000 refugees which was made in May but only partially adopted.

There will be a distinction between “relocation” and “resettlement” of refugees.

“Relocation” is from one EU country where they have already landed, to another EU state, and is what the Juncker plan is about. Relocated people cannot choose their destination, it would be assigned.

“Resettlement” is from camps outside the EU. The UK plans to increase assistance inside the camps and take people directly from them to the UK.
A state will receive 6,000 euros in EU aid per person.

This is a one off plan for quotas in the name of EU ‘solidarity’ and is an exception. The EU rules normally are that a refugee must stay in the first safe country in which they arrive.

The plans will be discussed at Interior Minister level in Brussels on Sept 14th. Agreement is far from assured but there is a consensus that action is required.


2 Comments on "The What and The Why of the EU Plan for Refugees"

  1. Wouldn’t it be cheaper, both financially and politically, for the EU to declare a massive safe zone within Syria and to use each countriy’s armed forces to protect it from outside inteference (whether from Daesh or Assad – hopefully better than the Netherlands force’s did during the Balkans conflict during the last century)?

  2. mahatmacoatmabag | 10th September 2015 at 4:32 pm | Reply

    The flaw in Junckers plan is that like the EU itself in that it is pure impractical Socialist fantasy which will produce the opposite result since the migrant numbers will steadily increase & overwhelm even the few non-bankrupt EU states like Germany. This of course will lead to EU wide ethnic tension, social disorder, riots, political instability & the rise of even more right wing extremist political parties like Le Pens National Front, Greece’s Golden Dawn & Hungary’s Jobik parties in every EU state not just those forced to take in unwanted 3rd world migrants. Hopefully the UK will save itself from the upcoming disaster looming on the continent by an overwhelming vote to leave the EU in 2017, that is if PM Cameron, a confirmed Europhile, doesn’t back track on is Referendum promise.

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