Refugee crisis: European Commission takes decisive action

(VNF) - Delivering on the European agenda on migration from May, the European Commission (EC) on September 9th was putting forward a comprehensive package of proposals which will help address the refugee crisis that EU member states and neighboring countries are facing, including by tackling the root causes making people seek refuge in Europe.

Refugee crisis: European Commission takes decisive action
(VNF) - Delivering on the European agenda on migration from May, the European Commission (EC) on September 9th was putting forward a comprehensive package of proposals which will help address the refugee crisis that EU member states and neighboring countries are facing, including by tackling the root causes making people seek refuge in Europe.

EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "We Europeans should know and should never forget why giving refuge and complying with the fundamental right to asylum is so important. It is time we started putting in place the building blocks of a truly European migration policy, as we called for back in May.

The measures we are proposing today will ensure that people in clear need of international protection are relocated swiftly after arriving - not just now but also for any crisis in the future. If ever European solidarity needed to manifest itself, it is on the question of the refugee crisis. It is time to show collective courage and deliver this European response now.”

The EC has presented the following concrete measures to respond to the current refugee crisis and to prepare for future challenges:

• An emergency relocation proposal for 120,000 refugees from Greece, Hungary and Italy to other EU member states. This number will be on top of the 40,000 that the Commission proposed in May to relocate from Greece and Italy and for which the decision by the Council is still to be adopted;

• A permanent relocation mechanism for all member states which can be triggered any time by the Commission to help any EU-member state experiencing a crisis situation;

• A common European list of safe countries of origin to help those member states faced with a growing number of asylum applications by enabling a swifter processing of asylum applications;

• A common return handbook and an EU action plan on return;

• A communication on addressing the “external dimension” of the refugee crisis;

• A EUR1.8 billion trust fund for Africa to improve stability and address root causes of irregular migration flows;

• A communication on public procurement rules for refugee support measures.

Emergency Relocation for Italy, Greece and Hungary:

Italy

Greece

Hungary

Total

Austria

473

1529

1638

3640

Belgium

593

1917

2054

4564

Bulgaria

208

672

720

1600

Croatia

138

447

479

1064

Cyprus

36

115

123

274

Czech Republic

387

1251

1340

2978

Estonia

48

157

168

373

Finland

312

1007

1079

2398

France

3124

10093

10814

24031

Germany

4088

13206

14149

31443

Latvia

68

221

237

526

Lithuania

101

328

351

780

Luxembourg

57

185

198

440

Malta

17

56

60

133

The Netherlands

938

3030

3246

7214

Poland

1207

3901

4179

9287

Portugal

400

1291

1383

3074

Romania

604

1951

2091

4646

Slovakia

195

631

676

1502

Slovenia

82

265

284

631

Spain

1941

6271

6719

14931

Sweden

581

1877

2011

4469

Total

15600

50400

54000

120000

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