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The Dutch newspaper Financieel Dagblad (FD) published an article (paywall) on 30 August claiming that the EU is planning on organising an air lift to Europe for migrants from Africa. In cooperation with UN refugee organisation UNHCR, the EU voices its intent to select those who are eligible for (temporary) shelter in Europe and bring them over.
EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos is said in the article to have written a letter to that effect, which was delivered in European capitals last Friday. Avramopoulos, restating earlier plans presented in July, called on member states to be “as ambitious as possible.” The member states have until the middle of September to respond, but none are obligated to agree to the proposal. To help finance this import of people, the EU has made available funds to the tune of €377 million, or €10.000 per expected refugee.
FD writes that European diplomats are worried about the effects the proposal has on the relationship between member states, as well as that of member states with the EU:
The focus on Africa and the central route by way of the Mediterranean Sea can cause difficulties. At the very least, it gives the impression that the EU is trying to emulate the ‘Turkish Deal’ in an unsafe, unstable and unpredictable Lybia. Something the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has openly called for. Furthermore, the route between Lybia and Italy is mostly used by economic migrants, inelligible for refugee status. European efforts in the last few months have been focused on stopping the flow of migrants and returning them.
Despite this, FD reckons the major European countries will follow suit, approving of the idea of a legal way into the European Union.
Meanwhile, even the EU itself can do little but admit its attempts at resettling migrants within the European Union have failed spectacularly. This failure has been some time in the making, and it doesn’t look like any ‘improvement’ is forthcoming. Quite the contrary. We leave you with one chart that tells you what you need to know about this EU failure.