Juncker Unveils New EU Migrant Quotas Proposal

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Bulgaria: Juncker Unveils New EU Migrant Quotas Proposal Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his first State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 09, 2015. Photo by EPA/BGNES

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has officially proposed the introduction of binding quotas of asylum seekers each member state is to fill.

In his first State of the Union speech as head of the EU's executive body, Juncker has said the distribution of migrants is to involve some 120 000 people more than had been previously planned.

Germany is to receive the biggest number (31 443) of migrants under the newly proposed scheme, followed by France (24 031) and Spain (14 931). All the countries involved will thus have migrants from Italy, Greece and Hungary (the countries most severely affected by the influx) relocated on their territory.

Poland, which had for some time been reluctant to the scheme, will have to accept 9287 more people if it is approved.

The Netherlands (7214) and Romania's (4646) potential quotas come next, slightly above those of Belgium and Sweden.

Of the smaller nations, Bulgaria is to receive 1600 more migrants (earlier media reports suggested the final number would be 1500), slightly above Slovakia (1502) and Croatia (1064). Slovakia, alongside the Czech Republic (which will have to receive 2978 more people if the scheme is approved), voiced just minutes after Juncker's speech their staunch resistance to the move, saying in statements they hadn't changed their position against quotas. 

Denmark, the UK, and Ireland will have the option to choose whether or not to accept migrants.

May 2015 saw the introduction of non-binding quotas for 40 000 migrants which were harshly resisted by some Central and Eastern European countries.

Now asylum seekers will be relocated in a "compulsory" way, Juncker has insisted.

His proposals come at a time when Europe is looking for ways to address its biggest migrant crisis for the past decades, hundreds of thousands of people from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere crossing its borders and heading to Germany.

A previous attempt at the introduction of mandatory quotas have been met with resistance from some EU member states.

"There is a lack of Europe in this union, and a lack of union in this union," Juncker told MEPs in his speech at the European Parliament on Wednesday morning.

He also proposed the establishment of a permanent relocation system and unifying approaches to asylum seeking, also by considering amendments to the Dublin II Regulation.

Juncker's plan is yet to be discussed at a ministerial level later in September.

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je suis anglais - 11 Sep 2015 // 09:49:45

standard paid russian troll nonsense. putler the great can do no wrong eh?

Eurasian - 11 Sep 2015 // 06:41:50

Frenchie, very shallow knowledge with a tiny dose of reality on Iraq but that's where it all ends.
Since the trend you promote is French I would mention cherche la American! (for all your problems..)
Anyhow I don't like the middle east, It's an outdated, backward, fanatic, ignorant and limited area paralyzed and isolated by religion, ridden with problems and cruelty. Assad is an idiot and so was Saddam. .. The problem in the middle east is old and endless and there is no easy solution. The problem in a messy environment like this has no good solution and dictators like Saddam and Assad happen to be the lesser evil. You mentioned some knowledge on Iraq and the war the Americans made there. The fact of the matter is that Iraq now is a way worst country than during the Saddam time. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died which was unthinkable during Saddam's time. Now Iraq is run by Terrorist organizations.
What you don't know is that the US tried to weaken and destroy Assads regime for many years. Sanctions were imposed on Syria for many years weakening Assads control and strengthening the Islamic terrorist organizations spilling over from Iraq and Afganistan. Now pretty much the terrorist are in charge of Syria.
The bottom line here is that the American strategies and fantasies to weaken and remove dictators in the fanatically religious Islamic middle east and "fix" those countries don't work.
The middle east is a problematic region and balanced dictatorship appropriate for the present time is the most stable and peaceful solution. Else the whole world will pay the price as you can see it.
Things in the middle east will get worst before they get worst!

Rurik - 10 Sep 2015 // 23:41:29

"...actually Eurasian, Russia is responsible for..." ----- oh l? l?!!! Actually, "je suis anglais", Vous ?tes un Dieux ou un idiot /You are the God or the idiot/ ............and the name of God is not "je suis anglais" ;)

je suis anglais - 10 Sep 2015 // 10:37:14

actually Eurasian, Russia is responsible for the situation in Syria, by propping up the Assad regime. Russia should take all the syrian refugees. US and UK should take Iraqis.

anon - 10 Sep 2015 // 06:55:24

So the unelected Junker wants to 'tell', countries what they should do. Welcome to the EUSSR.

Eurasian - 9 Sep 2015 // 13:38:30

Send all those immigrants to the US and UK.
Or at least make them pay the bill.
The US and UK made all that problem by starting the war in Iraq and destabilizing the whole middle east creating new and more terrorist organizations presently infiltrating Europe.
Hold the US and the UK accountable!

Seedy - 9 Sep 2015 // 13:38:15

Futue te ipsum et caballum tuum.....

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