EU apparatchiks on Tuesday approved a plan that will force countries in Europe to take hundreds of thousands of so-called asylum-seeking refugees.
From The New York Times:
The dissenters were the ministers representing the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Under European law, three of the countries — the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia — would be required to accept migrants against their will, said one European Union diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity shortly after the vote.
The Times describes countries in opposition as “intransigent.”
Germany and France led the charge in favor of the “compulsory approach to resettling refugees” and “absorbing” them.
In addition to opposing the newly crafted authoritarian rule, dissenting nations say the European Union is exploiting the crisis to take control of sovereign immigration control.
Eastern Europe Unable to Manage Huge Influx of Illegal Migrants
The establishment media insists the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia are “selfish” for not taking in the migrants.
However, as Marcin Zaborowski, an executive vice-president of the Centre for European Policy Analysis in Warsaw explains, there are a number of issues the EU and the establishment media are ignoring:
Several reasons help explain this reluctance, and most of them are missing from the coverage. First, central and eastern European states are already taking a huge number of both refugees and migrants from Ukraine. While many Poles work in British hospitals and cafes, in Poland’s service sector it is the Ukrainians who are doing many of the jobs. The same is true for other states of the region and few raise complaints.
Second, the decision of Angela Merkel to issue a broad welcome to the refugees is seen in central and eastern Europe as counter-productive and escalating the influx. This is why there is a reluctance to share in the implications of Berlin’s decision. Now as Germany is reintroducing checks on the border with Austria and as the entire concept of Europe with no internal borders is under threat, it seems that Berlin’s invitation to refugees was a little premature.
Third, central and eastern Europeans have little tradition of dealing with refugees from non-European cultures and lack the required infrastructure. The UK, France and Germany have for years been adjusting their systems – healthcare, education, language training – to assimilate migrants from all over the world. But for central and eastern Europe, which has no colonial past and is made up of mostly small and ethnically homogeneous nations, this is quite a new challenge. Even with all the tradition and experience in western Europe the success rate is mixed. None of this is to say that central and eastern Europe should not accept a bigger share of responsibility. What Europe requires, however, is solidarity and co-ordinated action – not just in distributing the existing refugee numbers but in preventing a humanitarian crisis from occurring.