EU distributes refugees equally
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said today that the EU needs to develop a new system of distribution of migrants that would be more honest than the current one, in which the majority of refugees settle mostly in Germany, Italy, Austria and Sweden.
"This cannot continue forever, we need a fair distribution,’’ Steinmeier said, speaking at an Open Day in the German government. The minister recalled that there are about 60 million refugees in the world today, 11 million of whom are citizens of Syria.
The minister pointed out that the number of refugees from the Balkans in Germany has reached 40%. "We are pleased that many in Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina hope for Europe’s support. Many of these countries are in talks in order to join the EU. But large numbers of refugees are arriving today from these countries. They have no chance of asylum in Germany. Those who set off shall be returned home as soon as possible. It is not inhumane," Steinmeier said.
In his opinion, it would be easier to implement a fair system if the entire EU had been involved in a common migration policy, including the UK. "We must continue to persuade other countries not to turn away, as well as demonstrate European solidarity,’’ the head of the German Foreign Ministry said.
Steinmeier added that the theme of the distribution of immigrants has a direct impact on the agenda of most of the diplomatic negotiations of the German Foreign Ministry. "This subject is in focus. The problem is playing a greater role in other countries more than in Germany, but we must not forget the situation in Syria that has been taking place for four years. Europe wasn’t the main destination for refugees just a while ago,’’ RIA Novosti cites him as saying.