Britain Rejects EU Refugee Demand, Says Broader Response to Migrant Crisis Needed

Britain Rejects EU Refugee Demand, Says Broader Response to Migrant Crisis Needed

A broader response is needed to handle the migrant crisis, Prime Minister David Cameron said at Tuesday’s EU negotiations. He refused to sign the new policy to take a quota of 120,000 current refugees, saying it does not solve the problem. Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Czech Republic also refused to agree.

The European Union met on Tuesday to discuss the handling of the current refugee crisis, which is the worst since World War Two. Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, said that Europe cannot turn a blind eye. She wanted 120,000 migrants split evenly across all EU countries. Cameron was able to keep Britain out of it because it is not bound by the EU policy on migration and asylum. Britain is one of a small number of member states that has not signed up to the Schengen agreement, allowing free travel.

There is nothing to say that the demand to take on more migrants and refugees—as now economic migrants are passing off as Syrian refugees to get into European countries—will not increase later. Cameron says that will not solve the problem. It tells people to reach Europe, which could mean more people drowning at sea. Europe needs to help the source of the problem. That is why he announced he would give an extra £100 million ($152 million) to help with the relief so Syrians stay in camps in safe countries.

The leaders of various member states agreed that dialogue with Turkey and non EU-member countries needed to happen. It is not just EU countries that should take on the migrants. This could also open to other safe countries around the world. Leaders also said that contribution to stabilize other countries in Africa as well as helping Syria end its war is needed.

EU leaders will meet again in October to further discuss the migrant crisis. Leaders said countries need to take on urgent action before then.


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