European Union Proposes Refugee Quota for Member States
By admin May 13, 2015


A new proposal, within the European Union, aims for all members to share the burden of immigration by imposing an immigrant quota on the 28 countries in the union. This proposal is supported by Germany but resisted by the Conservative UK government, among others. It will be launched at the end of the month, by the EU parliament in Brussels, and aims at providing a solution to migration catastrophes. Since the beginning of the year, 1,800 people have already drowned in the Mediterranean, with reports stating there could be between 10 and 20 thousand deaths by the end of the year. Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, will presented the policy Wednesday, as part of an overall strategy for migration. This measure comes as the EU develops plans for military attacks on trafficking networks in Libya.


According to Brussels, the EU’s plan would be controlled by Italy, headquartered in Rome, but would have the participation of 10 EU countries, including Britain, France, and Spain. The new demand of sharing refugees among member states has been described as controversial and divisive. However, it would relieve the burden on southern states. Currently, the Security Council is drafting a resolution in support of the proposal.


The new immigration proposal will help balance out the number of refugees countries take in. Right now Sweden and Germany’s refugee population amounts for almost half the asylum seekers in the EU. Under the new proposal, the number of refugees taken in by each country would depend on that state’s GDP, population size, unemployment rate and past numbers of refugees and asylum seekers. This will also force the EU to take legal measures that might provide a safe entry for migrants into the EU. Others believe that this would only cause more lives to be lost in the Mediterranean crossing. One target of the plan would also be to destroy traffickers’ boat and use military action against them.


Several world leaders have expressed opposition, including Hungary’s prime minister and the UK home secretary. France, on the other hand, supports the proposal. French Interior Minister Bernand Cazeneuve stated, “It is normal that there is a breakdown of the number of asylum seekers between countries of the European Union.” Similarly, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described the current situation as “unprecedented” and needing “exceptional response.”


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