The EU has unveiled plans to airlift at least 50,000 more Muslim freeloaders posing as refugees per year, directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing. The proposal involves admitting hundreds of thousands or more Muslims into European Union countries over the next two years under the bloc’s resettlement progress.
TheOldContinent At the beginning of September, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (unelected), wrote stern words to Viktor Orbán, chastising him for Hungary’s lack of solidarity. He wrote:
“Solidarity is not an à-la-carte dish (…) to be rejected when it comes to complying with relocation decisions that have been jointly agreed.“
At the time, it seemed clear that Juncker was complaining about the lack of cooperation with the EU’s relocation program. TOC has written extensively on the topic: from its source in the great influx of immigrants into Italy, to refugees in Lithuania simply leaving for what they deemed a better location. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic refusing to participate in the program. Austrian protests.
“Europe has consistently shown generosity and true solidarity towards those in need of protection during the migration crisis. Over the past year alone, we have opened our doors to more than 720,000 persons in need of protection. The relocation scheme has contributed to ensuring that responsibility is shared fairly between Member States.“
All in all, based on the EU’s own figures, when it comes to fighting ‘irregular/illegal’ migration (only 36% of irregular migrants are returned) or relocation, the EU seems to be failing.
Back on 16 May 2017, the EU claimed that 16,163 people had been resettled under the Greece and Italy relocation schemes. On 6 September – a day after Juncker’s letter to Orbán – the number was ‘updated‘ to 22,518 resettled.
So in short, of an original 98.000 eligible candidates for relocation, only about 29.000 have been relocated. Where are the other 69.000 candidates? Did they never come? What about the 720.000 persons in need of protection in 2017 alone? Were they not eligible?
They can’t have been returned: the EU itself claimed that in 2016, there were around 500.000 people ordered to leave the EU, while only 226.000 were actually returned. Has the EU lost track of these people? So when EU Migration Commissioner Avramopoulos states that:
To call he policy a success rather curious indeed. Especially since two years on, a mere fifth of the originally intended 160,000 migrants has actually been relocated successfully. See the table of the number the EU wanted member states to take in, contrasted with the number they actually took in, below.
Use your mouse to scroll left to right to see Numbers of Muslims actually taken in by each country in 2017 as of Sept. 1st. This is, of course, on top of the tens or hundreds of thousands of mostly uneducated, unskilled, unemployable, economic freeloaders posing as refugees they have already taken in since 2015: