Myth 1: The crisis is over The refugee crisis that dominated the news in 2015 and 2016 consisted primarily of a sharp rise in the number of people coming to Europe to claim asylum. Arrivals have now dropped, and governments have cracked down on the movement of undocumented migrants within the EU; many thousands are stuck in reception centres or camps in southern Europe, while others try to make new lives in the places they have settled. But to see the crisis as an event that began in 2015 and ended the following year is a mistake, because it obscures the fact that the underlying causes have not changed. To see it in those terms only gives the impression of a hitherto unsullied Europe, visited by hordes of foreigners it has little to do with. This is misleading. The disaster of recent years has as much to do with immigration policies drawn up in European capitals as it does with events outside the continent, and the crisis also consists of overreaction and panic, fuelled by a series of … [Read more...] about Five myths about the refugee crisis
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Picture: AFP Brussels. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker underlined a need for greater solidarity from EU Member States to Greece and Italy to address the consequences of the refugee crisis, during his speech in Florence, Italy, Protothema reports. The President of the Commission noted that he understood that solidarity could not be something that could emerge from one moment to the next and that it would need to be built gradually. However, he warned that crises undermined the EU and lead to a rise of populism and nationalism. Mr Juncker clarified that solidarity was not only confined to the refugee crisis, but also to the economy, pointing to both the financial support for states promoting structural economic reforms, as well as the reserves in the European budget for dealing with emergency situations. The EC President pointed to the doubling of the educational Erasmus programme as a sign of solidarity. © 2018 All rights reserved. Citing Focus … [Read more...] about Protothema: EC President calls for solidarity to Greece and Italy over refugee crisis
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday praised Greece and Italy for bearing brunt of the bloc's migration crisis and hit out at member states that have failed to show solidarity to countries on the frontline of the migration influx. During a speech in Florence, Juncker acknowledged that building solidarity takes time but stressed that crises such the refugee influx undermine the EU and lead to a rise in populism and nationalism. Solidarity should not only apply to the refugee crisis but also to the economy, Juncker said. … [Read more...] about Juncker calls for greater solidarity for Greece, Italy in refugee crisis
Dealing with the refugee crisis has proved to be an insurmountable task for Europe, due to the apparent lack of a coherent immigration policy and political indecisiveness. Europe’s cohesion comes out shaken as a result, EURACTIV.gr reports. Poor reception infrastructure, and difficulties caused by a bureaucracy unable to meet the basic needs of the refugees have lead to overpopulation – and Aegean islands are a prime example. The direct outcome is an unprecedented emergency situation. “In recent years, migratory flows have intensified, posing a challenge for MEPs and every citizen of the EU, as the Dublin Regulation has proved inadequate and ineffective in practice, accumulating crowds of immigrants and problems on European coasts,” Greek MEP Eva Kaili (S&D) told EURACTIV. “We are a union of 28 member states and, as is the case today, those who guard the borders of Europe in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, such as Greece, bear the greatest … [Read more...] about The EU’s refugee crisis: Effective handling or botched up policy?
Development aid to countries in the Global South stagnated in 2017, according to new figures published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) on Monday (9 April). It also showed a declining share of aid spent on refugees. The annual report by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) at the Paris-based thinktank put the total of foreign aid from official donors at $146.6 billion in 2017, a fall of 0.6% in real terms from a year earlier. In total, aid from the 20 EU countries fell by 1.2% to $82.7 billion in 2017, representing 0.49% of their combined gross national income (GNI). For their part, net disbursements by the EU institutions fell by 6.7% in real terms to $16.5 billion. For many European countries, the drop in their net ODA spending was merely the result of lower in-donor refugee costs reported in 2017, a sign that the impact of the refugee crisis on European countries began to recede in 2017, after peaking in 2015 and 2016. DAC countries reported … [Read more...] about EU aid spending slumps as refugee crisis recedes