Approximately 203,000 UN refugees in urgent need of new homes
Tags: Jacques Barrot, EU Commission, Damian Green
3rd September 2009: A senior immigration official with the European Union is in favour of Britain and other European nations opening gates to a huge wave of refugees from Africa.
Available information suggests Brussels commissioner for freedom, security and justice Jacques Barrot, in fact, asked the 27 EU countries to greatly enlarge their asylum systems to receive the victims of war and poverty.
Barrot reiterated acceptance of more refugees into the EU through the United Nations would reduce numbers trying to reach Europe illegally.
The assertion is in sync with the EU Commission’s stand of allowing more refugees to enter legally. The Commission had only about two days back asserted illegal entry would turn less lucrative by making the system more transparent and increasing the number of people EU states would be prepared to take.
The EU’s executive arm was also in favour of member states sharing the burden of the arrival of African and other refugees, which is reported to be heaviest on southern countries, including Italy, Malta and Spain.
Barrot asserted approximately 203,000 UN refugees were in urgent need of new homes, even as the EU took in its folds around seven per cent of the 65,596 UN refugees resettled around the world last year.
Reacting to the assertion, the Home Office said the EU proposals for additional refugees to Britain would be brought under its scanner and it was committed to provide a haven for ones genuinely in need, even as the critics warned it could result in an asylum chaos.
Shadow immigration minister Damian Green asserted there was nothing wrong with trying to plan the numbers of successful refugees, as anything would be better than the chaos Britain’s system has suffered in recent years.
At the same time, Britain could only take part if it had control on the numbers arriving here under the scheme, and if other countries co-operate more in preventing the build-up of asylum seekers at Calais.
Meanwhile, a statement from the European Commission said the refugee plans were aimed at increasing the humanitarian impact of the EU by ensuring it gave greater and better targeted support to the international protection of refugees through resettlement.