More than 40,000 people from Syria and Eritrea are looking for asylum, so the European Commission has required more EU member states to participate and take some of the asylum seekers who arrive in Greece and Italy during the next two years.
According to the latest update of the Commission’s plans, most migrants would be received and processed by Spain, Germany and France. Some of the EU states strongly disagreed with the idea of establishing fair quotas in order to find a home for the migrants arriving in Europe, causing controversy.
For objective reasons, the UK government announced it will not participate in the controversial quota system, explaining that the perilous sea-sailing would put in danger the migrants trying to find asylum in UK.
After MEPs will take a vote, the EU governments are scheduled to make a final decision, with Hungary, France, Spain a few more countries also voicing their concerns against the plan.
So far, migrants from Syria and Eritrea arriving in Italy or Greece after 15 April 2015 are already covered by the Commission’s plan; Malta could also be included in the deal, should they face a major influx of migrants.
Earlier in May, the EU board has announced some initial moves in which members of the EU would voluntarily take in around 20,000 refugees that come from conflict zones outside the EU.
According to home affairs commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, he does not necessarily support fixed quotas in the problem of migration, but that each state member should agree on how many migrants they will offer refugee status to.
And the Commission has also decided on offering financial incentives for the countries deciding to relocate migrants on their territory – €6,000 will be offered, according to the latest proposal.
In 2015 the Mediterranean area became the grave land for more than 1,800 migrants, a number which increased 20 times since 2014. At the same time, the UN made an educated guess saying that, only in 2015, there are more than 60,000 migrants who have already attempted some dangerous crossing.
A great deal of the migrants seeking asylum are fleeing from conflict zones or from countries such as Nigeria and Somalia where poverty is at an all-time high. The Commission’s plan is to relieve some of the burden that Italy and Greece are facing by the exceptional level of migration that increases with each year.
Besides agreeing to bear a hand to the migration issue, UN leader Ban Ki-moon has also urged European leaders to come together and find a way to address the “roots” of the problem directly in the countries of origin.
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