Brussels wants to impose Immigration Quotas on Member Nations
The head of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, uses the solidarity ‘smoke screen’ to ask countries to participate in his plan to make the EU a model for the rest of the world.
Europe was proud to be a kind of a model for the rest of the world; but the euro crisis arrived and now the refugee crisis threatens to erode even more the globalist project.
The head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday that he was launching an ambitious proposal, with measures to relocate a total of 160,000 refugees in two years through mandatory quotas, and a radical change in strengthening border controls, sending back home those who are not entitled to asylum and activating a package of legal immigration rules for 2016.
“Europe, at its best, is an idea,” Juncker said on Wednesday to dust off the old idea of ”solidarity” and recalled the huge refugee movements of the last century -from the Spanish republicans to the many displaced by Nazism and the refugees in the Balkans- to give their packaging battery of measures. Brussels, with the support of Berlin, has launched an offensive to try to prevent Member States from opposing and rejecting this proposal as it happened with an earlier plan.
” Europe is lacking in this Union,” Juncker said during his speech on the state of the Union. “Member States have been neglecting its international responsibilities; it’s time for that to change,” said Juncker to the press.
The pressure from Brussels is already showing good results for Juncker. While three weeks ago Spain rejected a quota of 4,000 refugees, the country has now accepted almost 15,000 refugees.
But sources say Juncker does not have it all done. If the euro crisis opened a North-South divide, the refugee crisis revives the old East-West split.
Poland leads the refusal to mandatory quotas. Slovaks, Czechs and Baltic seconded that opposition. Even Hungary, which together with Greece and Italy are seen as benefited with the proposal, these very states could hinder the plans born in Brussels.
The Commission opens the door for those countries not participating in the system if they have grounds for it, but first they have to pay a penalty.
Juncker described as “impressive” the numbers of migrants, as nearly half a million people have entered the EU in 2015. This number equals a fraction of the European population.
Problems arise from the unequal distribution of quotas. Now, most of the refugees seem to be reaching Hungary, Greece and Italy as part of the journey to reach Germany.
Juncker system of mandatory quotas for over 120,000 people includes 40,000 whose destinations had already been proposed in May.
The political future of the plan will begin to be decided at the Council of Interior Ministers next Monday.
Alongside the most striking proposal of refugee quotas, Brussels presented a whole range of policies that include creating a permanent emergency scheme used when a country receives an extraordinary flow of immigrants. The design of this system involved the European Parliament and other partners.
The plan is also subjected to the States to create a list of safe countries, that may integrate the EU. Among them there are Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
Asylum applications from citizens of these countries -17% of the total- will be rejected in general, to make it easier for refugees over economic migrants.
In parallel, the Commission proposes to strengthen the borders- more funds for the FRONTEX agency and an accelerated process of expulsion for those who do not qualify for asylum. Brussels calls for “using detention as a legitimate measure of last resort”, and threatens to punish those who fail.
The current rules to send immigrants back to their countries allow these detentions for a maximum of 18 months, but in practice only 39% of removal orders are met. In addition, a trust fund of 1,8 billion euros that countries will finance to promote African development.
“It’s time to take a turn to this story so our grandchildren can speak about it proudly,” Juncker said as he closed his speech.