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April 28, 2017

Malta offers new solution to EU migration crisis

The governments of the EU member states could get 60,000 euros for each asylum-seeker if the number of migrants within quotas is exceeded, or could pay the same sum in case their obligations under the quotas are not fulfilled. 

This solution was offered by Malta, which holds the rotating EU presidency, Reuters reports. 

It is informed that Malta’s proposal will be discussed by the representative of the EU countries in Brussels on Wednesday. 

“Tiny Malta, where migrants land after crossing the Mediterranean, hopes to persuade eastern European countries to end their refusal to take in asylum-seekers under a system aimed at relieving the pressure on the southern frontline states,” the agency writes.

 According to Malta’s proposal, “EU states would be obliged to take in at least half of their quota and could meet the other half by providing help such as money or staff to help with the screening of people arriving in frontline states.” 

It is informed that the countries where the number of migrants exceeds the quotas would receive 60,000 euros per extra person over five years. Those who accept less would pay the same sum per each asylum seeker they do not accept. 

It has been informed earlier that European countries accepted less than 10% out of 160,000 refugees, who they promised to resettle from the camps in Italy and Greece.