PUBLISHED: 7:22 PM 28 Sep 2017

European Commission Seals Their Fate, 50,000 MORE Accepted As Crisis Peaks

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini.

In an unexpected move that promises to make the problem worse, leaders of the European Union (EU) unveiled a plan yesterday to directly accept at least 50,000 migrants from North Africa and the Middle East. Officials explained this move is meant to discourage immigrants from attempting a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

While it seems quite reasonable on paper, experts believe this action won’t have the expected results since it could actually set a concerning precedent. Also, when taking a look at previous situations, Europe has shown its unwillingness to take strong measures to control the massive flux of migrants.

Over the last several years, leaders have assured the EU would take the proper steps in order to control the migrant crisis in the best way possible. However, this situation has gotten so much worse that it has become the first element of concern for most Western Europeans.

One of the main problems European immigration officials have been facing is the proper relocation of those migrants to nations outside the EU.

One of the main problems European immigration officials have been facing is the proper relocation of those migrants to nations outside the EU.

Apparently, the new resettlement program aims to ease pressure on European states on the Mediterranean coast such as Italy and Greece, which have borne the brunt of the wave of refugees and economic migrants that hit the continent starting in 2015.

Enticed by the weak immigration policies of the EU, thousands of migrants have crowded into boats setting off from Turkey and the North African coast, with the goal of claiming asylum in the first European country they reach.

However, this situation has also gotten out of control as several investigations revealed that many of the asylum-seekers that arrive from Middle East countries are Islamic extremists and members of terrorist groups like ISIS. In addition, there have been huge problems with those who come from Syria, given the fact that some of them have been members of Bashar al-Assad’s army, which are known for having committed war crimes.

About 37,000 migrants that arrived while the previous plan was in effect have yet to be relocated, and remain lingering in Greece and Italy.

About 37,000 migrants that arrived while the previous plan was in effect have yet to be relocated and remain lingering in Greece and Italy.

One of the main problems European immigration officials have been facing is the proper relocation of those migrants to nations outside the EU. According to a European Commission news release, the previous two-year resettlement program, which expired yesterday, relocated just 29,000 migrants out of a planned 160,000.

About 37,000 migrants that arrived while the previous plan was in effect have yet to be relocated and remain lingering in Greece and Italy. This last country has been brutally affected by this situation, given the fact that in most of the areas where the majority of migrants live, crime has skyrocketed to the point where even touristic areas have become dangerous zones.

Instead of relocation outside the EU, the new resettlement scheme aims to bring at least 50,000 migrants and refugees to the continent over the next two years. Officials of the EU assured that the program will remain in place until October 2019, and will build on the now-expired initiative that has already resettled almost 25,000 migrants within European countries.

Italy has been brutally affected by this situation, given the fact that in most of the areas where the majority of migrants live, crime have skyrocketed to the point where even touristic areas have become dangerous zones.

Italy has been brutally affected by this situation, given the fact that in most of the areas where the majority of migrants live, crime has skyrocketed to the point where even touristic areas have become dangerous zones.

The officials said that this plan will provide a safe, viable, and legal alternative for migrants that would otherwise pay human traffickers to smuggle them into Europe on boats. When asked if this action could increase the migrant crisis because of its serious implications, the officials refused to answer.

During a news conference in Brussels, European Union Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told that they need to open real alternatives in order to take perilous irregular journeys.

Statistics show that most of the 23,000 people resettled in Europe under the previous plan were refugees living in Turkey and Jordan. EU officials explained that resettlement of refugees from the Middle East will continue under the new program, but going forward there will be an increase focus on what they considered “vulnerable persons” from North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Officials said these include specifically the countries of Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Niger, Ethiopia, and Chad.

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For the new initiative, the European Commission has set aside 500 million euro, which represents about $588 million USD. While EU officials show great optimism, some analysts believe this measures won’t be effective.

The resettlement of economic migrants and refugees has been a quite divisive issue among EU nations since the crisis began in 2015. Smaller Eastern European countries have accused Belgium of foisting migrants on homogeneous member nations that lack the economic capacity to host them.

In fact, EU officials have threatened legal action against Hungary and Poland, accusing their right-wing governments of refusing to accept the refugee quotas.

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