EU Members May Be Paid to Keep Migrants in ‘Controlled Centers’ – Reports

Human Wrongs Watch

The European Union is looking for a political answer to managing the tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

This file photo taken on September 28, 2016 shows people gathering on the quay as a wreck of a migrant boat raised by the Egyptian navy and maritime rescuers arrives in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta. An Egyptian court on March 26, 2017 sentenced 56 people to prison terms of between seven and 10 years over the deaths at sea of at least 202 migrants in September, judicial officials said© AFP 2018 / STRINGER | Photo from Sputnik News.
EU countries could be offered €6,000 ($7,000) for each migrant they keep in “controlled centers” on their territory, to ensure the “orderly and effective processing” of asylum claims of people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, according to a European Commission paper published on Tuesday [24 July 2018], The Guardian wrote.

The payments are meant to ease the pressure on Italy, whose interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has turned back migrant boats trying to dock at Italian ports.

The European Commission has also pledged to provide “full operational support” in the form of EU border guards, asylum officers, translators and officials to take failed asylum seekers back to their home countries.

In addition, Europol would provide up to 20 officers per boat for security checks. Member states would be expected to provide doctors, nurses and other medical staff with all costs to be covered by the EU budget.

During their recent mini-summit in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to set up secure centers for processing asylum claims of Mediterranean migrants only to see the plan thrown into doubt by  Austria, France, Germany and Italy saying they would not allow such centers on their territory.

The commission also reiterated its previous intention of setting up migrant processing centers in non-EU countries to assess asylum claims of people rescued at sea. However, that plan is also in question, after Tunisia and Libya refused to get involved.

The proposals are the latest attempt by the European Commission to spread around the cost of migration because Mediterranean states and countries have had to accepted large numbers of refugees and foot most of the bill.

EU ambassadors will be meeting on Wednesday to discuss the plan, but it remains unclear if all EU member- states will accept it.

READ MORE: ‘They Include Terrorists’: Libya Says No to Taking in Migrants Rejected by EU

Even though the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe has sharply fallen since peaking in 2015 and 2016, migration remains a divisive electoral issue on the continent bringing to power a Eurosceptic coalition government in Italy and forcing the German

Chancellor Angela Merkel to hold crisis talks to preserve her coalition with the center-right Bavarian People’s Party.


2018 Human Wrongs Watch



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