A New York Times op-ed posted today calls for the creation of “humanitarian visas” for undocumented illegal immigrants entering Europe.
The newspaper also suggests the migrants could be flown or ferried into the continent.
Alexander Betts writes:
There are several ways this policy could be implemented. It could be adopted throughout the European Union, and connected to the Europe-wide quota system. The union could establish outposts at which plausible asylum seekers are identified, in some cases purely on the basis of nationality. They could then quickly receive a travel document, perhaps linked to a “temporary protection status” in a designated member state. The right to remain could last until they are able to return home or regularize their immigration status in the new host country.
However, as a report posted by Reuters noted earlier this month, few migrants wish to return home.
Most of the migrants are from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Eritrea, war ravaged third world nations. Most have no desire to return home and are streaming into Europe because they expect to receive social benefits.
According to some the EU and the United Nations have under estimated the number of migrants.
Donald Tusk, president of European Council and the former prime minister of Poland, believes the numbers will be far higher than estimated.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) September 23, 2015
The European Union is demanding “host” countries pay for resettlement and associated social costs.
A key architect of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, proposed fines and sanctions on European states that do not accept migrants.
“In the short term, funding could be made available from EU funds, but we asked the national leaders to meet this … with national funds,” Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said Wednesday.
Germany allocated $6.6 billion this year to deal with a predicted influx of 800,000 migrants. Some estimate Germany will see well over a million migrants.
In Finland the government has proposed raising taxes to pay for migrants. It is also looking at a capital gains tax on the nation’s producers.
Additionally, the EU is proposing wealthier European nations give Turkey a billion euros to pay for refugee camps in Turkey and 700 million euros to Serbia and Macedonia, entry points for refugees in the Mediterranean.
Eastern Europe has suffered from high rates of unemployment and poverty since the fall of the Soviet Union and cannot afford to absorb and pay for hundreds of thousands of migrants.
In a half of EU countries — particularly Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania — at least one in three children live in poverty.
In Bulgaria and Romania nearly half the population live in poverty, according to Eurostat.