European Union-who, what, and the issues

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Postby CielOnTap on Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:13 pm

Given the discovery of 71 deceased migrants in a truck in Austria, Austrian border guards are checking each vehicle for migrants. This action has caused kilometres-long traffic jams in Hungary.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/massive-traffic-jam-as-austria-checks-trucks-for-migrants-1.2540814
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:31 pm

Many stories keep coming from Europe about the people crossing borders to get to their desired EU country to claim refugee status.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/

One of Spiegel's English articles last week appeared in a Canadian paper-of note is the percentage of travellers who are from non-wartorn states, yet
seek better work/life opportunities than what exists poorly at home.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/western-balkan-exodus-puts-pressure-on-germany-and-eu-a-1049274.html

The situation in Europe is also having an impact on election coverage in Canada and the US, where political candidates are stating their positions on the matter.
http://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/2015/09/10/harper-now-says-government-will-announce-measures-to-speed-resettlement-of-refugees.html
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/09/10/mayor-john-tory-wants-to-help-syrian-refugees-arrive.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/world/middleeast/obama-directs-administration-to-accept-10000-syrian-refugees.html?_r=0
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:01 pm

Germany has closed its border for a time as of Sunday, pending a migration meeting for EU countries on how to cope with the volumes of people and where
they need to be directed to go for their claims.
"Temporary border controls are not the same as closing the borders, that's completely different. Refugees will continue to come to Germany and we hope that this will happen in a more orderly manner," said Steffen Seibert.

The spokesman added that the measure was necessary for security reasons, so that the authorities could have an idea of "each person who is coming and his or her profile".

German police were carrying out checks on the Austrian border Monday following Berlin's stunning decision to reintroduce passport controls, as a new record migrant surge into Hungary raised the stakes ahead of crunch EU talks.


http://www.thelocal.de/20150914/emergency-eu-meet-as-germany-closes-border
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:07 pm

Add Slovakia to the list of EU countries using border controls to stem the migrants movements:
The Schengen Agreement, which guarantees passport-free movement within much of continental Europe, has been a cornerstone of European unity, along with the euro and a single market. Countries in the Schengen zone are allowed, however, to temporarily reinstate controls at their borders for security reasons.

Around 50 police officers, wearing riot gear and equipped with pepper spray, converged Monday afternoon on the train tracks linking the villages of Roszke, Hungary and Horgos, Serbia, which thousands of migrants had used to cross in recent days. An official in a bright yellow jacket turned away migrants seeking to enter Hungary.


Starting Tuesday, Hungary will classify unauthorized entry into the country as a criminal offense, punishable by up to three years in prison. In response, Serbia said it would set up reception centers in the north of the country and pleaded for the European Union, of which it is not a member, to take action.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/world/europe/europe-migrants-germany.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

From ANSA English's paper about what's been discussed by the EU states on resettling migrants:

The interior ministers approved resettling 40,000 migrants from Italy (24,000) and Greece (16,000) over two years. The decision concerns asylum seekers who arrived or will arrive between August 15 2015 and September 16, 2017.
Ahead of the meeting, the EU's 28 member States gave official approval for the launch of "phase two" of the EuNavFor Med naval mission, including the use of force against human traffickers in the Mediterranean if necessary. The proposal was approved 'without debate' by the General Affairs Council. The mission is expected to be operative by early October. The naval mission, launched after calls from Italy for more assistance from the EU in dealing with the migrant emergency, features the active hunting down and arrest of human traffickers and the confiscation or destruction of boats.

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2015/09/14/eu-tackles-refugee-emergency_f7108f94-f94b-4746-b359-04aa91c2bd1e.html
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:41 pm

A view on why migrants are essential for European countries-France for example. Despite the interest in fresh foods, people to harvest fresh crops are hard
to find. The harvest season used to delay the start of school.
http://qz.com/518409/french-farmer-without-migrants-european-agriculture-will-not-survive/
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:52 pm

The views from Germany about migrants and their settlement:

Not all politicians agree with Chancellor Merkel-
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/merkel-under-fire-from-political-allies-in-refugee-crisis-a-1057066.html

A limit to how many migrants should live in Germany is seen as necessary:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-cabinet-members-argue-against-unlimited-immigration-a-1057099.html

German schools are holding welcome classes to help migrant children get used to German language in advance of months of adjustment prior
to entering regular school classes:
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/big-influx-migrants-brings-challenges-german-schools-34463150
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:41 pm

Having a Twitter feed is most useful in seeing stories that are posted by news sources.

Since I had posted an earlier story about the Italian coast guard, now I have a story link about the Libyan Coast Guard to share here:
Libyan Coast Guard officers patrol the sea off the city of Zuwarah, one of the main departure points in Libya for migrants trying to reach southern Europe. (Lorenzo Tugnoli/The Washington Post).

We sped through the Mediterranean in the Libyan coast guard’s tiny gray skiff, rocked by the small swells that marked the end of summer.

It was another morning patrol in the longtime smuggling capital of North Africa. The six officers on board stared at the horizon looking for something that resembled a migrant boat. Behind them, the coastline was littered with the remains of vessels that had capsized, and the clothes of people who had drowned.

At the wheel, the commander of the unit, Lt. Col. Assam Tor, was the only one who spoke.

"Even the migrants have bigger boats," he said, shaking his head as a wave crested over the brim, his men looking on blankly, lacking the equipment and the will to do much at all.


And going back to the Italian agreement on migrant patrol back when Libya's Gadhafi was still in power:
Tor remembers when his unit had six 90-foot boats and smuggling was almost non-existent. Back then, Gadaffi had come to a lucrative agreement with Italy that he would stop migration in exchange for millions of dollars in often diverted aid. It worked, but many questioned the logic of bankrolling a military dictator to patrol his borders.

By 2012, those Coast Guard boats were gone, destroyed by NATO airstrikes during the war between pro- and anti-Gaddafi factions. Libyan officials here said they had asked the Europeans for replacements, but without any luck.

“We met with the Italian ambassador and we told him, ‘We are on the front lines, but we have nothing to keep the migrants from leaving,’” recalled Basem Dahan, a member of Zuwara’s municipal council. “If you want us to stop migration, we need your help.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/17/meet-the-libyan-coast-guard-few-ships-no-lights-little-hope-of-stopping-migrants/?tid=sm_tw

German citizens are adding their voices to get their government to grapple with the realities of accepting so many migrants:
The main road "is like a pedestrian shopping zone," says one resident, "except without the stores." Red-brick houses with pretty gardens line both sides of the street, and Kathrin and Ralf Meyer are standing outside theirs. "It's gotten a bit too much for us," says the 31-year-old mother of three. "Too much noise, too many refugees, too much garbage."

Now the Meyers are planning to move out in November. They're sick of seeing asylum-seekers sit on their garden wall or rummage through their garbage cans for anything they can use. Though "you do feel sorry for them," says Ralf, who's handed out some clothes that his children have grown out of. "But there are just too many of them here now."

Hesepe, a village of 2,500 that comprises one district of the small town of Bramsche in the state of Lower Saxony, is now hosting some 4,000 asylum-seekers, making it a symbol of Germany's refugee crisis. Locals are still showing a great willingness to help, but the sheer number of refugees is testing them. The German states have reported some 409,000 new arrivals between Sept. 5 and Oct. 15 -- more than ever before in a comparable time period -- though it remains unclear how many of those include people who have been registered twice.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/germany-shows-signs-of-strain-from-mass-of-refugees-a-1058237.html
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby fishandchips on Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:39 pm

As long as the EU shows and gives Greece the money, Greece will provide migrants with a camp while they get their refugee applications processed.
No money, no camp. http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN0SK15L20151026
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:55 pm

Austria will put up a fence along its border with Slovenia. As both countries are EU members, they will be watched to see that no violations of the Schegen agreement/free movement of EU residents occur.
The latest moves came after Slovenia said it could erect a fence along its border with Croatia if an EU plan agreed on Sunday was not implemented. It follows suggestions from Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria that they might begin building their own barriers.

Some 85,000 refugees have poured into Slovenia in the last 10 days, after Hungary closed its border with Croatia.

On Sunday, 11 EU states and three non-EU countries agreed to set up reception centres with another 50,000 spaces in Balkan countries, and send 400 guards to assist Slovenia within a week. But EU members have previously been slow to deliver on pledges of such assistance.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34657187

For some of these governments, the monies put into the labour and materials of fences are likely putting budgetary pressures elsewhere. It's not like they can throw money around without impacts on the economy and services.

The European Union has several meetings through October. The government has to expedite funding or see its members make their own solutions to the migrant flows crossing their borders. Cold weather does not distinguish one person from another.
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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:39 pm

Germany's Merkel is seeing a need for quotas on migrants coming into the EU:
Now, though, Merkel is in the process of preparing a reversal of her refugee policy. At the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey at the beginning of the week, she spoke of quotas -- fixed numbers of refugees that Europe is willing to accept. On the one hand, of course, introduction the idea of quotas is a concession to reality, because the chancellor knows that the ongoing arrival to Germany of up to 10,000 refugees every day is not sustainable.

But the change is also a silent capitulation to her critics. Horst Seehofer, the head of the CSU, and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière are now setting the tone in Germany's refugee policy, and the Paris terrorist attacks have only given them more leverage. Seehofer and de Maizière have been calling for an upper limit on immigration for months. "Quota" is simply a different word for the same thing.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/angela-merkel-changes-her-stance-on-refugee-limits-a-1063773.html
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