EU Countries, especially those in the Eastern bloc, that fail to take part in the quota scheme for assigning Muslim invaders posing as asylum seekers around the European Union, could themselves be denied help in other areas, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned earlier today.
The Local (h/t Marvin W) “If there is no solidarity on migration, neither will there be in other areas — and that would be bitter for European cohesion,” Merkel told weekly newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
The chancellor’s comments read like a warning to eastern European countries, who receive billions of euros in net benefits from EU membership — unlike net contributor countries such as Germany.
Eastern governments last week reacted angrily to a court decision requiring them to accept a share of asylum seekers from overstretched Greece and Italy.
Hungary and Slovakia failed Wednesday in a challenge before the 28-nation EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice, to block the quota scheme agreed in Brussels two years ago.
A majority of EU interior ministers voted in September 2015 to assign some 120,000 people around the EU out of the 1.6 million who have landed on Greek and Italian shores since 2014.
But the quotas proved unpopular with some former communist eastern European governments, who said they were not equipped to integrate people from mainly Muslim countries.
Merkel claims that assigning asylum seekers across European Union countries will be simpler once Europe’s shaky migration policy is on a firmer footing. “It will probably be easier to get such a distribution mechanism in Europe if all the other elements in refugee and migration policy are more stable,” she said.
“If we successfully combat the causes of flight, effectively protect our borders, have a development partnership with Africa and put a stop to the people smugglers, then distrust of managed legal migration will be cleared up,” Merkel added.
Politico The European Commission has proposed a new system for enforcing the relocation of migrants around the EU, giving countries that refuse to accept refugees an expensive “pay-to-not-play” option.
The 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.