As Boat Arrivals Slow, EU Set to Create ‘Legal Routes’ for Mass Migration

The European Union (EU) has announced plans to allow huge numbers of migrants from the third world to migrate legally, now that migrant flows to Italy and Greece have been brought “under control”.

Under new proposals unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday, 50,000 refugees will be delivered to EU nations over the next two years from Africa, using the bloc’s resettlement process which was introduced following the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.

“We need to open real alternatives to taking perilous irregular journeys,” Europe’s Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told journalists in Brussels.

“Investing in more legal pathways, both for protection but also for study or work, is therefore essential.”

Noting that the influx of migrants arriving in Europe in boats is now “under control” compared to two years ago, Avramopoulos said Brussels is now working on devising deals with third world countries which will allow their citizens the chance to migrate legally.

Additionally, the Commission said it will be encouraging sponsorship schemes which allow NGOs and private sponsors to organise the resettlement of migrants in EU nations, and announced that the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has already been invited to coordinate a pilot project to this end.

In a statement, it also urged the European Parliament and the EU Council to “swiftly … adopt the Commission proposal for a revised EU Blue Card which will improve the EU’s ability to attract and re­tain highly skilled workers and ensure that Member States can rely on the workforce they need, when they need it.”

Whilst the Commission claims that the Blue Card scheme will allow “highly-skilled workers” entry to Europe, its revisions seem designed only to massively increase legal migration from Africa.

As Breitbart London reported last year, amongst the proposals which clearly contradicted the idea that migrants arriving will be “highly skilled” was that it would be necessary to provide arrivals with education, employment, and vocational training.

Recognising that people from non-European backgrounds living in Europe are much more likely to be unemployed or on low wages, the Commission has stressed that “integration measures” and “active participation and social inclusion” would be necessary for hosting the newcomers they allege to be essential for the continent’s economies.

Despite European voters expressing deep dissatisfaction with mass migration, when Jean-Claude Juncker was appointed EU President, he announced that greatly increasing legal migration to the continent would be one of the Commission’s key priorities.

And earlier this month, in his annual State of the Union address, Juncker said: “In spite of the debate and controversy around this topic, we have managed to make solid progress… We now need to redouble our efforts.

“Before the end of the month, the Commission will present a new set of proposals with an emphasis on returns, solidarity with Africa, and opening legal pathways.”


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