EU states must pay fee if they don’t accept refugees
Since the European migrant crisis started back in 2015, there has been growing tension among EU members regarding asylum seekers and who will take them.
The massive influx of refugees to places like Italy, who reportedly turned boats of migrants away and sent them to the European Union allies, has instilled public discontent over Brussels’ immigration policy.
Now European Union member states who, like Italy, refused to take refugees, will have to pay a fee to EU budget or toward development projects in Africa, according to a report presented by France and Germany.
In a separate scramble to stop intra-EU clashes over migration, Berlin and Paris submitted an amended version of a migration management mechanism, dealing with various migrant-related issues.
The document, obtained by Reuters, recommends a new formula for EU states obligation to take refugees, according to which first countries would carry the liability for migrants.
The Franco-German initiative also proposes extending strict rules on how to deal with migrants who entered in the EU after being rescued at sea.
According to Sputnik: The “alternative measures of solidarity” that could be forced upon member states in the event they decline to provide asylum seek to end the disputes between the West and East in the bloc as the former has been willing to take in refugees while the latter has denied giving shelter to migrants.
The document also recommends that the EU would need to create a mechanism to avoid a circumstance when all European Union states prefer to pay instead of accepting migrants.
No specific details regarding such a mechanism have been provided.
In 2015-2016 the EU experienced a huge influx of migrants and refugees. In 2015 more than one million migrants arrived in Europe, of which 250, 000 people came by sea.
The main migrant entry-points into the EU were in southern and eastern EU member states, such as Italy, Greece, Spain, etc.
EU authorities, to deal with the burden the migration created, established a quota system, according to which all EU states have to share liability for receiving migrants.
While the bloc’s western states, such as Germany, were prepared to give shelter to refugees, eastern countries, such as Hungary and Poland strongly opposed the decision.
The UN is set to hold a conference on migrants on 10-11 December 2018, where the participant states are expected to sign The UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
The Compact has generated disagreement among EU states, leading some of them to reject it.
So far the US, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Lithuania have rejected the UN Compact.
In November Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini stated that Italy would not take part in the forthcoming conference, however, noting that “the floor of parliament must debate it. The Italian government will allow parliament to decide”.