Germany Calls For EU-Wide ‘Migrant Redistribution Coalition’

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 7/14/2019 | Vijeta Uniyal
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Germany has called for a European Union-wide ‘redistribution coalition’ to settle migrants who are presently entering into Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. “We need a coalition of willing for a mandatory distribution mechanism,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said. Germany will be taking a “leadership role” in taking migrants coming from the Mediterranean route, the Foreign Minister added.

Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was quick to reject the German proposal. “The distribution of migrants in Europe has failed,” Kurz responded on Saturday, citing the EU-track record on the matter so far. He instead urged the European countries to send the migrants that are rescued off the coast of North Africa back “to their home or transit countries” outside the EU.

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Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) accused the country’s Foreign Minister of encouraging illegal immigration. “By announcing the decision to take in a regular fixed quota of migrants from the Mediterranean routes,” AfD spokesman Gottfried Curio said.” Foreign Minister Maas is once again promoting the business of people smugglers, and giving a further push to illegal immigration.”

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported Berlin’s latest migrant relocation plan:

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Germany should promote a “coalition of the willing” among European Union countries that are prepared to accept refugees saved in the Mediterranean Sea, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Saturday.

“We must now move forward with those member states that are ready to receive refugees — all others remain invited to participate,” he told the RND media group.

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