Germany supports the quota scheme for refugees in the EU

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Series Details 20.05.15
Publication Date 20/05/2015
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On 13 May 2015, the European Commission presented a draft scheme on the policy towards refugees coming to the EU. Under this strategy refugees would be taken in by all Schengen countries and the number of those accepted by a particular country would depend on its GDP, its population, the unemployment rate and the number of refugees taken in between 2010 and 2014.

Under this scheme the EU would increase its involvement in fighting people smuggling gangs and in the direct evacuation of people from conflict zones. This would be aimed at preventing immigrants from attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea by themselves. Despite the fact that many EU countries (including France) have opposed this plan and the fact that the media report that the masses of refugees coming to Europe include Islamic State militants, Germany has backed the EC’s plan.

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ESO: Background information: Managing migration better in all aspects: A European Agenda on Migration
ESO: Background information: EU commission engulfed in migrant 'quota' battle
ESO: Information Guide: European Migration Challenges

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