It offers 10,000 euros for each refugee hosted by a European State.
The European Commission wants to make it obligatory that European member-States receive refugees from countries outside the EU.
It proposes a common scheme which will have an economic ‘incentive’ of 10,000 euros for each asylum seeker to resettle in EU countries.
“The exact number of resettlers will be fixed by the European Council as supposed to each member-State. According to the scheme, States are free to decide whether to participate. This rumor was confirmed on Wednesday by European Migration Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos.
The incentive of this new mechanism exceeds EUR 6,000 per refugee relocated from Greece and Italy, where most refugees have gone since the massive flow of people from Northern Africa and Syria began 5 years ago.
Brussels has so far focused its efforts on the relocation of people seeking protection -from Greece and Italy to other partners- and resettlement from Turkey, the country with which the EU has signed an immigration pact that was supposed to improve living conditions for the refugees, but that in practice it has turned those who flee war and persecution into working slaves.
Despite the limited success with this plan and an earlier version of it, the EU executive wants to expand efforts. So far, only 3,056 of the 160,000 people who sought asylum have actually obtained it, while only 8,268 of the 22,000 planned relocations a year ago have taken place.
With the idea that a credible legal framework for access to Europe slows illegal departures, Avramopoulos proposes an instrument setting annual commitments and geographical areas of prioritized action.
To deter those seeking to arrive at the EU irregularly, the system won’t accept applicants who have arrived to Europe clandestinely to Europe -that is the majority of them- or who have refused to be resettled in any Member State in the last five years.
Countries should also welcome the immediate family of the refugees, in the same way in which people who entered the United States illegally are later allowed to bring entire families. Those people usually become dependent on government welfare programs as supposed to productive people who will adapt and/or contribute to their host country.
The commissioner has not clarified what will happen with states that refuse to participate in this scheme, which already initially excluded the UK, Ireland and Denmark because they have the ability to opt out of home affairs policies and community justice.
“We are not here to punish, but to accomplish things. We want to continue dialogue to convince States,” said Avramopoulos.
Alongside this initiative, the Commission submitted changes in the rules of procedure, qualification and reception conditions for refugees.
The main objective is to unify parameters to avoid the attractiveness that some countries generate because they offer the best conditions, for example, Germany and Sweden.
The first rule is to speed up procedures. Although the six months to decide on the asylum application is maintained, there will be expedited procedures, with a maximum of two months to examine the conditions of the applicant.
The plan contemplates imposing so-called penalties. Among them are the removal of the so-called right to receive five years’ residence in a Member State until they are granted permanent residence.
That condition will be interrupted and the counter is set to zero if the asylee decides to seek better conditions in another country. If the refugee leaves the home that has been assigned and the authorities suspect that he may flee, he may be detained as a common criminal.
In other words, refugees leave their homelands because of oppression and persecution only to become persecuted in a new land.
These measures have earned criticism from social organizations whose representatives seem to have a myopic view of the situation. “The proposals do not seek to improve the protection of refugees, but to reduce irregular arrivals to Europe,” said Iverna McGowan, head of the office of Amnesty International’s European Institutions.
“They use good words while hiding cynical ideas”, she said.