As EU leaders meet today to discuss the migrant crisis overwhelming Europe, the UN ups the number of refugees it is demanding that European countries permanently resettle.
By the way, in 2014 the UN was demanding that all western countries (not Gulf Arab states and not communist Russia or China!) take 130,000 permanent Syrian refugees.
That is how the number 65,000! for America came to be—the UN and the US resettlement contractors said that since the US takes half of the refugees from around the world, our SHARE is 65,000!
Using that logic, since the UN is now upping the number are we expected to take 100,000?
Here is the latest at Deutsche Welle:
The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees has called for up to 200,000 refugees to be shared across the European Union. Various meetings are due to be held across the EU to discuss the crisis.
Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said on Friday that EU member states would be bound to the “mass relocation program.”
Polish Foreign Minister wisely says—stop the flow!
Former Communist block countries seem to get it!
There is really no sense discussing the numbers to be distributed (or forced on each European state) when there is no will to stop the invasion!
Remember Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told European leaders months ago that they needed to (safely) turn boats back to where they were launched! No effort was ever made! This present crisis could have been averted had EU leaders followed Abbott’s advice back in April.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says this is Germany’s problem apparently a reference to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s invitation to the Syrians.
Deutsche Welle quotes Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Grzegorz Schetyna near the end of the story. Clearly Schetyna believes most of the illegal aliens are ‘economic migrants’ and not truly persecuted refugees.
Poland warned on Friday that the EU must tackle the causes behind the huge migrant influx or risk being inundated with millions of refugees.
“The scale of the migration is enormous, so we can’t focus – I’m talking about the whole of Europe – on allocating illegal migrants without fighting the causes [of their arrival],” Schetyna told private Radio Zet.
“We have to think of how to stop the illegal migration. Otherwise [we may have] soon have 3-4 million economic refugees,” he added.
By the way, Poland has taken some Christian Syrians who do not pose a threat to the largely Catholic country.
Meanwhile the UK is caving.
Previously the Cameron government had been holding firm and not allowing itself to be bullied into taking large numbers of Syrian refugees. But, here Cameron buckles to pressure. From The Guardian (hat tip: Joanne).
For background on the ‘Invasion of Europe’ go here where we have over a hundred posts on the topic going back a couple of years!