EU Agrees to Take in 40,000 Afghan Migrants, over Half to Germany
15 EU member-states agreed to take in 38,000 Afghan migrants
Fifteen member-states of the European Union have agreed to take almost 40,000 migrants from Afghanistan, with half going to Germany alone.
Ylva Johansson, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, said the 15 EU member-states agreed to take in 38,000 Afghan migrants.
Germany will take in 25,000 of the migrants, over half accepted by the EU.
The Netherlands will take just over 3,000, while Spain and France will take 2,500 migrants each.
Commissioner Johansson praised the measure claiming that preventing “irregular arrivals” requires EU members to invest in “legal ways to come to the European Union.”
Today at #JHA @EUCouncilPress— Ylva Johansson (@YlvaJohansson) December 9, 2021
I announced that 15 EU Member States have pledged to give protection to almost 40,000 Afghans. This, hand in hand with better measures to deal with irregular migration, is how we move forward on #MigrationEU.@EUHomeAffairs @EU2021SI @EP_Justice pic.twitter.com/ENrw0cmb3A
Germany's new Euro-federalist foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, vowed to take in a lot more migrants.
Baerbock said her country is obliged to take in 50,000 migrants from Afghanistan alone.
The coalition promised to boost immigration and open the country to mass chain migration allowing migrants to bring family members to Germany.
The nation’s lax migration policy under Scholz’s predecessor Angela Merkel resulted in the Cologne sex attacks and an Islamist attack on the Berlin Christmas market in 2016.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) blasted the policies, arguing they promote “the abolition of Germany.”
Meanwhile, Italy vowed to welcome more legal migrants who traveled to the country via a so-called humanitarian corridor.
As Breitbart reported:
The corridor is expected to remain open for two years, with an extension of one additional year possible should the corridor be in high demand.
While legal migrants are beginning to use this new corridor, far more are coming to Italy illegally, with some paying up to €8,000 to be smuggled into the country on stolen yachts.
Traveling from Turkey to the southwest of Italy, migrants smuggled this way are transported below deck on boats registered as far away as Delaware in order to avoid being detected by the Italian authorities.
There are also fishing boats full of migrants arriving illegally into the country from North Africa.
Italian coastguards are sometimes forced to rescue hundreds of migrants who become stranded at sea.
The country has seen more than 56,000 migrants land on its shores in 2021, with over 2,500 arriving in the country in a single week last month.