Powerful European technocrats will continue bombing Africa and the Middle East while mandating that member-States welcome war refugees.
No one likes having uninvited guests in their house, especially when someone else is dictating that you must have them over for an indefinite time.
In Europe, however, that is exactly what the unelected technocrats are demanding member-States do. The response that European leaders have given to the drama of massive illegal immigration has been “immediate but insufficient,” which according to many well-meaning people means that the next best thing is to open the doors to tens of thousands of African and Middle Eastern people a month.
It is not a secret that the cause of such large numbers of immigrants showing up on European shores is Europe’s and America’s economic and military policies, which both exploit and balkanize African countries for the sake of money and control.
Since no member-State has voluntarily accepted the calls to open the doors to tens of thousands of people who leave their lands due to war, famine and misery, the EU is forcing all member-States to accept quotas that will depend on each country’s GDP, unemployment, population and the number of requests for assylum.
“The EU should not wait to act until the pressure is intolerable”, explains the document issued by Brussels. With a system that concentrates 72% of asylum applications in four countries, Brussels has decided to implemet two measures.
It will immediately activate the emergency system provided for in the treaties as “a sudden influx” of foreigners from third countries is detected. This mechanism will enable a distribution of asylum seekers in “a fair and balanced participation” of all member-States.
Brussels also presented a new rule that will mandate the distribution of immigrants in a “mandatory and automatic” way when a massive influx of foreigners occurs.
As it has happened in other occassions, and given the dire economic situation in which most European countries are, the free flow of illegal immigrants from third world nations will mean more trouble for the continental economy, as the states will have to print more money to subsidize the cost of services provided to those people who arrive by the hundreds to the coasts of Italy, France and Spain.
The novelty with the EU’s mandate is that it is binding, so member-States have no option but to accept it. Up until now, it was the member-States the ones who had the power to decide what was done on issues such as immigration, even in emergency situations.
This week, Brussels has decided that the best solution is a direct and binding resolution that overpowers the political difficulty in accepting refugees, especially in countries that already bear the pressure of arrivals at their coasts.
Under the new proposal, most immigrants will be processed through Germany and Sweden to then be settled in countries like Spain, Portugal or Romania, which are among the countries which according to the EU have absorbed the least number of them.
In this way, the EU intends to compensate for the countries of the North, which supposedly made a bigger effort in the last extraordinary summit in late April by agreeing to devote more resources to deal with foreign arrivals in the Mediterranean.
“Member-States will have to show solidarity and redouble their efforts to assist countries that are on the front line”, says the proposal as a reminder of the necessary assistance to those closest to the countries with external borders.
But having to accept quotas is not the end of the story. The so-called great solidarity is not limited to setting quotas with immigrants who have already arrived in Europe.
The EU executive will launch a recommendation later this month for the reception of refugees in origin, that is, those who have not yet joined the EU. With this measure the EU evidently intends to make it even easier and more appealing to immigrants to jump on a boat with another 300 people and to face the treacherous waters that may or may not deliver them to continental Europe.
According to unofficial data, the EU would be willing to allow as many as 20,000 illegal immigrants a year with official numbers showing that so far the total has reached around 7,000. The number suggested by the EU Commission seems small when compared with the United States, for example, which opeans its doors to close to 60,000.
Brussels announced a mandatory quota model for 2016 should member-States not follow the new mandate. That is why the 20,000 figure is not definitive.
To facilitate the resettlement of foreigners fleeing conflict, Brussels proposes an idea that, without adopting European centers in third countries for asylum, quite approaches.
In order to coordinate the arrival of African and Middle Easter people, he EU will establish a pilot center in Niger at the end of 2015. It is intended to allow for the organization of the trips between Africa and Europe.
All these projects will receive fresh money. The document to be presented next week includes 50 million euros to promote extraordinary reception of foreigners in 2015 and 2016.
Another 60 million will be used to provide health care in the countries “that are under particular pressure.” And more than 30 million will go towards regional cooperation.
The reverse of all this solidarity is a greater hardness in the return of all those who are considered without the right to asylum. Only 39% of expulsions decreed in 2013 were executed, an issue which, in the opinion of Brussels, encourages risky departures to Europe.
The Commission proposes to give new powers to Frontex, the border monitoring agency, to expedite those returns.
The EU executive’s own document concludes with three other future proposals that would lead a revolution: a single asylum system with uniform criteria for all countries, a unified border management, with a European body responsible for protecting it, and an integrated system of legal immigration that would create “a European pool of skilled immigrants” accessible to employers.
This last proposal is the most preposterous of all, since immigrants from African and Middle Eastern countries are people with a very low skill set.