You’ve heard about the Hungarian government’s public information campaign, “You have the right to know,” which brings to light the ongoing, pro-migration efforts of European institutions in Brussels. Read for yourself, the seven points:
1. Brussels still wants to adopt obligatory resettlement quotas. Back in 2016, the European Commission presented its first draft on the reform of the Dublin system. According to the proposal, the European Union would adopt an obligatory, automatic resettlement mechanism for immigrants without an upper limit on the number. In fact, the European Parliament even voted on it in 2017. It may seem like the idea has been dumped by now, but indications reveal that migrant resettlement still figures prominently at the top of their agenda. For example, EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said last month during an EP plenary that “all of us are still committed to the establishment of a true European solidarity mechanism.”
Experience shows that when officials in Brussels talk about a “solidarity mechanism,” it’s a euphemism for some kind of relocation or resettlement quota. Read more here.
2. Brussels aims to withdraw border protection rights from Member States. Last September, Mr. Avramopoulos said that Europe cannot become a fortress and we need to protect the “value of openness”. Meanwhile, the Commission submitted a proposal that calls for the “shared protection” of national frontiers that coincide with Schengen borders under Frontex supervision. In other words, the Commission would grab yet another exclusive Member State competence and weaken our border protection rights. “And this means – at least this is what I support – that countries with external EU borders surrender their national competences in order to equip Frontex with real capabilities,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel a few months ago.
Border protection and security is and must remain a competence of the Member State governments. Read more here.
3. Brussels would introduce migrant visas. On December 11th, 2018, the EP plenary’s majority supported the introduction of humanitarian visas. While they keep referring to humanitarian reasons, the new measure will, in fact, further facilitate immigration and serve as an invitation to the several million immigrants, almost 4 million in Turkey alone, who would make their way to Europe. Read more here.
4. Brussels to provide more funding for pro-migration NGOs. According to an EP decision voted January 17, 2019, Brussels would dramatically increase funding to pro-migration, political activist groups. The adopted proposal virtually triples the amount of common EU money available for pro-migration NGOs, raising the budget from 600 million euros to some 1.8 billion.
Border security and immigration are the responsibilities of the Member States. NGOs don’t have a role in that, so why triple their funding? We can talk about humanitarian aid to crisis zones but that aid should be directed to those countries outside the EU that are producing the migrants. Read more here.
5. Brussels gives away debit cards loaded with common EU funds to migrants. Since 2017, under the Greece Cash Alliance program, the European Commission handed out anonymous debit cards stacked with EU money to more than 100,000 migrants. Last month, 6.4 million euros were distributed among 65 thousand individuals. Brussels plans to extend the scheme. Read more here.
6. Brussels would launch “experimental projects” with African countries. European leaders don’t view immigration as a risk but as an opportunity. During his State of the Union speech last year, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talked about “creating legal pathways of migration to the European Union.” What’s more, in a decision published September 12, 2018, the Commission recommends that Member States kick off “experimental projects” with African countries with the aim of “replacing irregular migration with safe, ordered and well managed forms of legal migration.” It’s clear that instead of stopping it, Brussels wants to create more legal possibilities for migration.
7. Brussels plans to reduce financial support for countries that oppose migration. From time to time, EU institutions come up with ideas that would sanction Member States that oppose their plans, including those that reject immigration and take a stand against resettlement quotas. Even though the notion of financial punishment has been a recurring theme since 2016 – the first draft of the Dublin reform proposed a 250,000 EUR fine for each person declined by a Member State – last May the story took an unexpected turn as the European Commission proposed to cut cohesion funds for countries that oppose migration over the period between 2021 and 2027.