Another nail in EU’s coffin as member states REFUSE to accept migrants under quota system

THE European Union lurched ever closer to total disintegration today as it emerged that its flagship migrant quota policy is already in tatters…because NIMBY member states are REFUSING to take their share of refugees.

EU leaders at a press conference about the migrant quota system in GreeceEPA
The EU’s migrant quota system is already in disarray
Brussels leaders had hoped that a controversial deal to relocate hundreds of thousands of migrants would patch up frosty relations between warring neighbours who cannot agree over who should shoulder the burden of the crisis.

 But damning statistics released today show that, if anything, the flaky accord has only served to further highlight the cavernous divisions emerging within the 28-nation bloc. An astonishing dossier reveals how, in the six weeks since the controversial migrant quotas were agreed, just 116 refugees have been relocated from Greece and Italy to two other member states.
Even more worryingly for Europhiles it also shows how some of the continent’s biggest players – most notably France and Germany – have effectively reneged on the agreement already.

Migrants are confronted by police in Paris

EU nations are squabbling over who should take in migrants  EPA

Migrants on the Serbian border

Sixteen member states have not offered up a single place to migrants so far   EPA

As part of the September accord, European nations agreed to relocate 120,000 migrants over the next two years.But Germany – which is facing an overwhelming refugee crisis of its own – has made just TEN of the 27,536 places it agreed to available. The country should be taking in around 38 migrants a day under the scheme, meaning 1,584 should already have been rehomed.

Meanwhile neighbouring France, which said it would house 19,714 migrants, has so far offered up places to a paltry 40 and has accepted none. Under the plans, by this stage the French should have provided sanctuary to 1,134 people.

Migrants are confronted by police

More than 700,000 people have applied for asylum already this year   REUTERS

Migrants arriving in Europe

Many European countries have been unable to cope with the influx   REUTERS

Just two Scandinavian nations – Sweden and Finland – have taken in any migrants at all under the quota system. They have accepted 86 people between them, all from Italy.The hugely embarrassing statistics were published just hours before EU bureaucrats set off for Greece on a self-congratulatory PR stunt to crow about the success of its migration policy.

Brussels’ Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos headed forAthens today to join a flight of 30 asylum seekers who are due to be relocated to Luxembourg.

He branded the move a “symbolic moment”, adding: “We commend Luxembourg for being the first Member State to relocate people from Greece.”

But Mr Avramopoulos’s calls for relocation to become “a regular occurrence” look set to go unnoticed because the entire bloc of EU countries have made just 1,418 places available to migrants between them – a long way short of the 5,648 required at this stage of the scheme. Sixteen member states have so far failed to make a single place avilable. 
Britain has opted out of the controversial quota scheme, which was fiercely opposed by frontline member states including Slovakia , the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.Critics had already argued that the relocation plan was wildly insufficient, given that 770,000 migrants have already lodged asylum claims across the EU this year.

Today reports emerged from a tiny German village which is being forced to take in 750 migrants documenting the devastating effect large numbers of new arrivals can have on localcommunities.

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