The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a new system for enforcing the relocation of migrants around the EU, giving countries that refuse to accept refugees an expensive “pay-to-not-play” option.
The measure, which would set a price of €250,000 per migrant for countries that want to avoid EU-imposed quotas for the resettlement of asylum-seekers, is part of a raft of new proposals aimed at rebooting the EU’s beleaguered strategy for dealing with the migration crisis.
Promising to move “towards a sustainable and fair” system for coping with the crisis, the Commission acted to address criticism of the bloc on three key fronts: that EU countries were failing to share the burden of the influx of migrants; that the bloc’s border control system had broken down; and that the Union had traded its commitment to human rights for a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees.
On the most controversial of those measures, the Commission said it would recommend granting visa free travel to Turks — a linchpin of its deal with Turkey on controlling the flow of refugees into Europe — even though Ankara had not yet met all the criteria the EU normally requires for such a move.
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