It’s as if the EU realizes the need for migrant housing because they can’t simply release strangers in Europe.
At a time when Donald Trump is being viciously condemned for stopping immigrants at the border, the EU is thinking about establishing migrant housing to keep immigrants from crossing the border. This proposal comes from some more “Trump-like” corners of the EU—first Hungary and, now that they have a new government, Italy. But it is even being promoted by French leader Emmanuel Macron and proposed by the European Council President!
Politico reports, “EU leaders consider centers outside bloc to process refugees.”
The proposal is an effort to break the acute political crisis over migration and asylum that has bedeviled EU leaders since 2015 — and even threatened in recent days to topple the German government — even as the numbers of arrivals have plummeted since the peak of the crisis.
The disembarkation platform concept […] could create a formal mechanism by which the EU can bridge the divide between hard-line leaders calling for tough border controls and those insisting that EU nations obey international law and welcome refugees in need of protection.
But the idea could also open EU leaders to criticism that they are outsourcing their political problem by creating centers for people seeking entry in countries on the periphery of the bloc. Among the potential partner nations are Tunisia and Albania, but officials say it is far too soon to speculate.
The idea to create such facilities was suggested in 2016 by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the strongest critic of the EU’s policies on migration — especially on the relocation of refugees across Europe.
More recently, French President Emmanuel Macron has endorsed the idea, and on Sunday Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero said Italy wants to officially put the idea on the table at the European Council summit.
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