The European Commission has proposed a new system for enforcing the relocation of Muslim migrants around the EU, giving countries that refuse to accept refugees an expensive “pay-not-to-play” option. First Vice President Hans Timmermans warned, “There is no à la carte solidarity in the European Union, you cannot pick and choose when to show solidarity or not.”
PoliticoThe measure, which would set a price of €250,000 per migrant for countries that want to avoid EU-imposed quotas for the resettlement of asylum-seekers, is part of a raft of new proposals aimed at rebooting the EU’s beleaguered strategy for dealing with the migration crisis.
Promising to move “towards a sustainable and fair”system for coping with the crisis, the Commission acted to address criticism of the bloc on three key fronts: that EU countries were failing to share the burden of the influx of migrants; that the bloc’s border control system had broken down; and that the Union had traded its commitment to human rights for a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees.
The new relocation measures will not apply to the U.K. and Ireland, which under the proposal are allowed to “determine themselves the extent to which they want to participate” in them. Both countries have agreements under existing EU treaties that allow them to opt out of the asylum rule.
However,David Camerontoday confirmed a U-turn on Muslim child refugees with Britain now ready to take in lone asylum-seeking youngsters from Greece, Italy and France including those in ‘The Jungle’ camp in Calais. Very few of these so-called “unaccompanied children” are under 25-years old.
But there was no such consideration for other countries, which under EU treaties will be forced to go along with the proposals. Timmermans insisted the harshness of the measures, including the head-turning amount of the fine, was necessary to ensure cooperation.
The payment plan is included as part of what the Commission calls a “fairness mechanism.” It’s designed to appease member states opposed to mandatory quotas in the refugee relocation program, while at the same time easing the burden on front-line nations overwhelmed with migrants seeking international protection in the Union.
At the same time, the wealthiest Arab Muslim Gulf States get away with not taking in a single Muslim migrant because they don’t want to let in Islamic terrorists which are known to be among the freeloaders.
Sputnik NewsNot surprisingly, Eastern bloc countries are outraged. “For my part, I found the decision unacceptable. This is a kind of blackmail by the Commission, which intends to force the reception of Muslim migrants,” Zoltan Balczo said, adding that Budapest “cannot be forced to receive migrants who are totally unsuitable for integration.”
The Hungarian and Polish foreign ministers slammed the EU plan to punish member states for not accepting their quota of refugees, with Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto calling it “blackmail” and his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski saying it sounded like an April Fool’s joke.
“I believe that the decision is against the Treaty of the EU and the Hungarian government cannot accept it,” the Hungarian MEP concluded. Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary have opposed the majority of EU states on the refugee quota issue.