The European Commission recommends a brand new EU resettlement scheme to bring at least 50,000 “vulnerable persons” to the bloc, as Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos presented on Wednesday.
According to the EU’s plans, 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey on an attempt to open another “legal migration route”, in order to discourage migrants and traffickers from picking dangerous and illegal migration routes.
“We need to open real alternatives to taking perilous irregular journeys,” said Avramopoulos, while recommending “a new EU resettlement scheme to bring at least 50,000 of the most vulnerable persons in need of international protection to Europe over the next two years”.
Is the second resettlement scheme going to work?
Within the past two years, already 23,000 people have been resettled from refugee camps in countries outside the EU, particularly Turkey and Jordan. According to the proposal, resettlement would continue from those areas, involuting those from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad, and Ethiopia. “This will contribute to further stabilising migration flows along the Central Mediterranean route,” which mainly involves people making the dangerous crossing from Libya to Italy, said the Commission.
Wednesday’s announcements come to fill the gap after the first resettlement scheme’s expiration this day. Within the first scheme, only 29,000 people out of a planned 160,000 were relocated within the EU-28 member states. However, the resettlement programme is different from the EU’s compulsory refugee quotas, which involved moving asylum- seekers.