Daily Archives: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A (small) step in the right direction

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After weeks of political wrangling, the EU voted with a large majority (yes, even if UK media are obsessed with the very few who opposed) its relocation plan for asylum seekers from Syria, Eritrea and Iraq. The agreement has quadrupled the size of the scheme from 40k to 160k. It is still not enough given the size of the crisis but a) it sets a positive precedent and (some) EU leadership; b) the scheme doesn’t prevent more displaced migrants to seek asylum as it is not a cap; and c) informal resettlement will continue anyway (despite increased effort to fingerprint new arrivals). In the meanwhile the UK government for not being outshined by a scheme that it has consistently tried to undermine on the basis of flawed concerns, advertises a first handful of Syrians arriving to an undisclosed location in undisclosed number on its new resettlement scheme, when it hasn’t…

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