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EU to relocate 60,000 refugees
June 26, 2015, 6:29 am

Greek emergency crews rescue African migrant refugees from a boat that capsized off Rhodes in April 2015 [Xinhua]

Greek emergency crews rescue African migrant refugees from a boat that capsized off Rhodes in April 2015 [Xinhua]

European leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels, Belgium to establish a protocol for dealing with the large number of refugees crossing the Mediterranean have finally agreed to alleviate the burden from primary migrant destinations Greece and Italy, diplomats said late Thursday.

More than 120,000 boat migrants landed in Greece and Italy in the past six months, the UN says. More than 150,000 landed in Italy last year.

Both countries had for years appealed to the European Union to help relocate the huge numbers making it onto their shores.

Summit Chairman Donald Tusk said a total of 60,000 refugees will be relocated from Greece, Italy – and outside the EU – and settled in member countries over the next two years. Some 40,000 will come from Greece and Italy.

Bulgaria and Hungary are exempt from the agreement.

But Tusk said that an earlier proposal to use a mandatory quota scheme to “distribute” refugees and migrants among the 28 countries that make up the European body was scrapped amid heated, often angry debate late Thursday.

Germany, which accepted 200,000 migrants last year, was a big proponent of the measure, as was Italy, which rescued more than 150,000 seafaring migrants in 2014.

But Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the UK vehemently opposed the measure. Instead, the relocation will be voluntary – a development that has infuriated Italian diplomats.

The issue of migrant refugees crossing into Europe from North Africa came to the fore and became a significant bone of contention between EU leaders following the deaths of 1,800 men, women and children who had drowned as they made the perilous trek across the Mediterranean in often overcrowded and unsafe vehicles.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

One Response to EU to relocate 60,000 refugees

  1. Dr David Hill Reply

    June 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Although we have our humanitarian values if we are born with them or are taught by our parents that our fellow humans have to receive compassion, we have to look at the root cause of the problem.

    This once we go back, finds these roots in conflicts of course. The cause is not religion that is used as a smokescreen and camouflage, but the immoral wealth of the top 1% who bleed the world dry of wealth to the total demise of 90% of the world’s people. It is as though these super-rich were not taught about humanitarian values by their parents, but to make as much money no matter what the consequences are to others.

    The consequences of course through the mighty corporations that they control through stock holding is continual conflict as the poor revolt because they cannot do anything other to survive. Indeed according to Credit Suisse ‘Global Wealth Report’ of 2014 it cites that a mere 1% now own 50% of the world’s total wealth, the top 10% some 86% of the total world’s wealth (incl. the 1%), leaving a poultry 14% of the world’s total wealth for 90% of the world’s people.

    With these economic and financial figures is it no wonder that conflict is rife and will never cease to be the case? Therefore the reason why the world is in the constant dire state that increases by the year, is purely because at its fundamental base, the top 1%’s greed drives this destroying mechanism against the human experience.

    Now with things like the TTIP being put in place, it means that the world will not become a safer place by any means, but a far more volatile world for the escalation of global conflict. Unfortunately it is clear that the 1% don’t really care and their actions point to this conclusively.

    The world has to move on from these totally destructive forces before we all suffer, no matter if we are one of the world’s poor or the richest person on planet Earth. For if not, this world will literally be no more by the end of this present century. Not me just saying it but the most eminent scientific institution in the world and the most eminent technological institution in the world.

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