Europe Split Over Migrant Crisis

EU Migrant Crisis. Image Source: Seita / Shutterstock
EU Migrant Crisis. Image Source: Seita / Shutterstock

Central European countries, like Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have been under fire this year. They have been refusing to accept the migrant quotas set by the European Union under the Dublin Agreement. The EU has threatened sanctions and fines (imposed by the EU courts) to force the Visegrád nations to accept an influx of North African and Middle Eastern migrants. The intent of the pressure is to get the Central European countries to help alleviate the “stress” of the Migrant Crisis on other EU countries.

So far, all three nations have resisted the threats and intimidation. Witold Waszczykowski, Poland’s Foreign Minister said that:

 “Poland is open for migration. And last year, for instance, we issued 1,267,000 visas for Ukrainians. Half of these visas were work permits,” Waszczykowski told Russian media.

“We are also open for migration not only from Ukraine but also from Belarus and other countries, [but] we do not want to participate in the mandatory process of relocation of migrants coming from the Middle East and Africa.

“We do not want to implement the decision of the European Union taken in September of 2015.”

The EU has been threatening fines of up to €250,000 per migrant refused. Yet these nations suggest that they are technically not in violation of the original agreement. Poland has screened/vetted many of the potential migrants and found that they do not meet the Polish standards for security (lack of traceable history, false records and applications, etc…) and are therefore not eligible to enter.

All three nations have suggested that they would rather pay the EU fines than “destroy the country”.

Czech Republic President, Miloš Zeman, echoed similar sentiments earlier this year, when he said he had:

“nothing against immigrants who come here to work and who have similar language and similar culture like ours”, citing the Ukrainian community and even the Vietnamese community as having the right attitude towards their. host nation.

“[But] I do not want immigrants who come from other cultures who come for social benefits, not because of work,” he continued, adding: “Muslims should remain in the countries where they live [and] they should work in them, and they should not go to Europe, where they do not want to work.”

Many in Europe are laying the blame for the Migrant Crisis squarely at the door of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Who, along with the EU Commission, changed the definition a “refugee” to include those who are “fleeing poverty.” Since then, there have been literally millions of people crossing into Europe to claim refugee status.

CNN’s Jim Acosta recently had a vigorous exchange with White House Senior Advisor, Stephen Miller, over Trump Administration immigration policy. The exchange was very similar to the debate raging in Europe, open borders vs. immigration standards and and discipline. However, the crisis in Europe is much more advance than what the US is currently facing. The question is, will Europe regain control of their immigration policy or will America follow Europe down the road to crisis?

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